Issa: “For 30 years, Ed Towns has fought on behalf of taxpayers with a singular mix of Bed-Stuy toughness and grace. His decades of work exposing waste, fraud and mismanagement of taxpayer dollarsserves as a model for the positive change accountable government can deliver for citizens. I’ve witnessed some of the countless lives Ed has touched while accompanying him to field hearings in Brooklyn, and his tireless advocacy for his constituents and country will be greatly missed.”
Top Obama Administration GSA Official Worried Last Summer about How Facts of Scandal would be Portrayed in the Media.
GSA Numbers on Western Region Conference (WRC) Spending Contradict Numbers of Obama Administration’s ‘Blame Bush’ Defense, Claims of a Trend
Chairman Darrell Issa: “Director Groves took on the mission of accomplishing the Constitutionally mandated decennial census after years of botched planning and a political crisis that had derailed a Cabinet secretary’s nomination. His tenure is proof that appointing good people makes a big difference, and I urge the President to look for another servant of Robert’s caliber when naming his replacement.”
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is examining California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) operations and use of federal funds. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wrote April 9 to all current and former board members as well as current and former executive leadership asking them to preserve documents, records and communications so that CHSRA and other entities can comply with future document requests from the Committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced a hearing examining last week’s General Services Administration Inspector General report, which detailed wasteful spending related to 2010 Las Vegas Convention costing nearly $823,000. In the wake of the report, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned, and the agency dismissed her top deputies. The hearing, titled “Addressing GSA’s Culture of Wasteful Spending”, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
In one part of an awarded video submitted by GSA Region 7 employees, a roomful of participants holding a picture of President Barack Obama sings:
“POTUS wants a press event, a project he can show … Are you ready for a miracle? GSA’s going Green.”
From the taxpayer-funded video: “Obama better prepare, when I’m Commissioner. I’d have a road show like [Acting Regional GSA Administrator Jeffrey] Neely, every time you see me rolling on 20s yeah, in my GOV. Spend BA 61 all on fun. ATF can’t touch GS-15 guns! Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford. Every GS-5 would get a top hat award. Donate my vacation, love to the nation, I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today launched ProtectingOurWorkers.com to listen directly to American union workers about forced political contributions and to continue its efforts to hold both government and union leaders accountable to the rank-and-file whose hard-earned dues are funding partisan political activity they don’t support.
“After President Obama lectured the private sector about not wasting funds on Las Vegas conventions, it’s hypocritical that such a large agency with critical management responsibilities across government would hold this luxurious conference at the height of the recession and even spend thousands on custom made coins touting the stimulus,” said Chairman Darrell Issa.