Press Releases

Jan 19, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on District Court Opinion on Fast and Furious Documents

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled the Obama administration cannot use executive privilege to keep Operation Fast and Furious records from Congress: “Today’s decision will help us advance the Fast & Furious ...

Jan 12, 2016

House Passes FOIA Reform, Presidential Allowance Modernization, and Additional Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON—Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed seven bills designed to make the federal government more efficient and accountable to the American taxpayer.  Bills passed by suspension: H.R. 1777, Presidential Allowance Modernization Act (Rep. Chaffetz, R-UT; Rep. Cummings, D-MD); Amends and modernizes the Former ...

Jan 12, 2016

Chaffetz Statement on Grand Canyon River District IG Report

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after release of the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General's (IG) report on misconduct at the Grand Canyon National Park’s (GRCA) River District. The report found evidence of a 15-year pattern of sexual harassment and hostile work ...

Jan 12, 2016

Committee Approves Federal Personnel Reform Bills

WASHINGTON—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup to consider five pieces of legislation, including several proposals enacting federal personnel reforms. The following actions were taken by the Committee: HR. 1671, the

Jan 11, 2016

New Oversight Staff Report Concludes FOIA is Broken

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REPORT WASHINGTON – Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a staff report on its investigation into the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), concluding that the FOIA process is broken and in need of serious reforms. The report illustrates the complexity of the FOIA process that members of the media and ...

Jan 11, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings Praise Passage of Presidential Allowance Modernization Act

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1777, the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act. This bipartisan legislation limits the pensions of former presidents, increases the pensions of surviving spouses, and limits the allowances provided for post-presidential expenditures. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who cosponsored the legislation, released the following ...

Jan 11, 2016

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Increasing Transparency in Open Records Process

WASHINGTON— The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 or FOIA Act, (H.R. 653), introduced by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), was approved today under suspension of the rules in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation makes needed reforms to the FOIA process to provide ...

Jan 6, 2016

House Repeals Obamacare, Defunds Planned Parenthood

Legislation heads to president's desk WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after voting in support of the legislation: “Today the House did its job. Obamacare has been a disaster since it was forced on the American people over five years ago. People are paying more and getting less. ...

Jan 5, 2016

Chairman Chaffetz Responds to President’s Latest Executive Action

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after President Obama announced new executive action to restrict gun ownership: “The president’s actions are out of bounds and vastly exceed his executive authority. This is yet another attempt by President ...

Dec 15, 2015

Committee Continues Investigation into Drug Pricing, Seeks Documents from FDA on Generics Applications

WASHINGTON—After months of reviewing the drug approval process and consumer price increases, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), along with 12 Committee members, sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Director Stephen Ostroff, M.D. today, requesting documents and information on the FDA’s process for ...