Press Releases

Jan 13, 2012

Issa Statement on DC Mayor Gray’s Letter Regarding McPherson Square Campsite

WASHINGTON- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement about District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray’s letter to the National Park Service regarding the Occupy D.C. encampment at McPherson Square. “Mayor Gray’s description of the conditions at the McPherson Square Occupy DC encampment is a blunt assessment of the situation created by the National Park ...

Jan 9, 2012

Issa Announces Oversight Hearing on DNS & Search Engine Blocking

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced that the Full Committee will hold a hearing on January 18 to examine the potential impact of Domain Name Service (DNS) and search engine blocking on American cyber-security, jobs and the Internet community. In light of policy proposals affecting the way taxpayers access the Internet, the hearing will also explore federal government strategies to protect American ...

Jan 6, 2012

Chairman Issa Responds to DOE Announcement that Severstal’s Loan will not be Funded

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today responded to the Energy Department's announcement that their $730 million loan to Severstal, a Russian steel company, will not be granted. Chairman Issa initially looked into the loan in October and brought to light the questionable decision to 

Jan 6, 2012

Delivered: Oversight Hearing Video Transparency

1,139 Hearings Now Open to American Taxpayers WASHINGTON, DC – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced the successful completion of a year-long hearing video pilot project that has made 1,139 Oversight hearings accessible to taxpayers online. Last January, Issa launched the video initiative with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as an important step towards a more transparent House of Representatives. ...

Jan 4, 2012

Attorney General Holder to Testify Feb. 2 on DOJ’s Response to Operation Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been scheduled to testify on February 2 about the Department of Justice's knowledge of, and response to, gunwalking that occurred in Operation Fast and Furious. The Attorney General will be asked to address management deficiencies within the Department that occurred both during and after the conclusion of Operation Fast and Furious. This will ...

Jan 4, 2012

Oversight Committee Chairman Issa Statement on President Obama’s Recess Appointments to NLRB

(WASHINGTON)—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding President Obama's decision to make "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): "As President Obama gets closer to the election, he seems more and more willing to take highly controversial actions that put the interests of union bosses ahead of job creators and workers. "These appointments underscore the importance of the ...

Dec 19, 2011

Issa Asks Holder to Testify in January

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has requested that Attorney General Eric Holder testify before the Oversight Committee on January 24, 2012.  Issa noted that the committee has offered AG Holder six alternate dates. In the letter, Issa explains that the hearing will cover what senior Justice Department officials could have - and should have - done to prevent a reckless program like Operation Fast and Furious. Read the ...

Dec 15, 2011

Top Watchdog, Government Accountability Board Endorse DATA Act Proposal

WASHINGTON- In his final "Chairman's Corner" column, Earl Devaney, top watchdog on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and head of the President's Government Accountability and Transparency Board, endorsed legislation that would take his successful Recovery Board model and expand it government-wide to combat waste, fraud and abuse. Devaney wrote: "There is bi-partisan legislation now in the Congress — ...

Dec 14, 2011

Oversight Committee Announces Additional Witnesses for NRC Hearing

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that two additional witnesses will be present at tomorrow's hearing on the ongoing leadership crisis at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The following witnesses will testify on a second panel after the five commissioners: Mr. Bill Borchardt Executive Director for Operations who joined NRC staff in ...

Dec 7, 2011

Issa, McHenry Call on HUD to Bar Organization from Further Taxpayer-funded Grants after IG Report Exposes Waste and Conflict of Interest

WASHINGTON —Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) today called on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to take immediate action to bar the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, from wasting additional taxpayer money. A recent Department of Housing and Urban Development Inspector General (IG) Report revealed a ...