Releases


August 20, 2014
Issa Statement on Judge’s Order that Justice Department Must Produce a Privilege Log of Withheld Operation Fast and Furious Documents

“Today a Federal judge ordered that the Department of Justice must submit by October 1 a privilege log of withheld documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. I am grateful and pleased by that. This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress. The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”

Oversight Committee Presses Administration on Employee Fraud at Patent Office

“The Post’s report comes at a time when examiners are apparently falling behind on one of the core functions of the agency,” wrote Chairman Issa. “The USPTO reportedly has a backlog of patent applications of over 600,000 and an approximate wait time of more than five years. Despite patent examiners generally receiving salary at the top of the federal pay scale – some making $148,000 a year – it appears the telework program is not serving its intended purpose to produce more efficiency. The waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement described by the Post is unacceptable.”

August 11, 2014
Issa on $2 Billion Postal Service Loss: Bailout Not the Answer

“The Postal Service’s latest reported loss illustrates the urgent need for postal reform to prevent a taxpayer funded bailout of the Postal Service,” said Chairman Issa. “Unfortunately, some in Congress still have not come around to the need to allow the struggling institution to right size itself. In fact, just last week, 22 Senators asked for a renewed moratorium on mail processing facility consolidations, consolidations that would enable the Postal Service to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year. In the House, Oversight Committee Democrats even refuse to support the President’s own postal reform plan. Additionally, next month the Postal Service will default on a $5.7 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury to fund retiree health care costs. This will be the fourth straight year in which the Postal Service has defaulted; together these defaults will cost taxpayers $22.4 billion.”

Issa, Vitter: GAO Report Confirms EPA Fudges Costs of Regulations

“The independent study released today demonstrates that the Obama Administration failed to provide thorough, transparent cost-benefit analyses for major environmental rules that cost American jobs,” said Chairman Issa. “Rather than using a fair and open rulemaking process, EPA pushed through regulations using sloppy analysis without sufficiently informing Congress or the public of the economic impact.”

August 8, 2014
Members Call on OMB Director to Address Concerns of Inspectors General

Today, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House committees on government oversight sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in light of serious concerns that certain Offices of Inspectors General are experiencing problems obtaining documents from their respective agencies. Senate Homeland Security…

Issa Statement on Federal Phased Retirement Reform

Office of Personnel Management finalizes good government changes passed by Congress to enhance federal employee flexibility House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) release of the final rule implementing the Federal Employee Phased Retirement Act,…

August 7, 2014
Issa Statement on Destroyed Healthcare.gov Emails

“Today’s news that a senior HHS executive destroyed emails relevant to a congressional investigation means that the Obama Administration has lost or destroyed emails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” said Chairman Issa. “It defies logic that so many senior Administration officials were found to have ignored federal recordkeeping requirements only after Congress asked to see their emails. Just this week, my staff followed up with HHS, who has failed to comply with a subpoena from ten months ago. Even at that point, the administration did not inform us that there was a problem with Ms. Tavenner’s email history. Yet again, we discover that this Administration will not be forthright with the American people unless cornered.”

August 6, 2014
Audit Underscores Need for USASpending.gov Revamp

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today released the following statement on the recently released Government Accountability Office’s report that agencies failed to provide sufficient information to USASpending.gov, which tracks government spending. According to the report, at least 93 percent of federal awards on the website…

July 29, 2014
Oversight Report Proposes Solutions to Get Politics out of the IRS, Ensure Targeting Never Happens Again

“As the Committee continues its comprehensive investigation into IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, both immediate and long-term reforms are needed to prevent such targeting from ever happening again. We must make structural changes to improve internal oversight and get politics out of the IRS. The current imbalance of IRS power over taxpayers must cede to a system that recognizes and protects the rights of taxpayers.”

July 28, 2014
Top Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett Intervened to Expand ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout for Insurers, Report Finds

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a committee staff report titled, “ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout of Health Insurers and the White House’s Involvement to Increase Bailout Size.” The report includes email correspondence showing that Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett directly intervened in response to…