Press Releases

Feb 22, 2012

DOJ’s Request for Fast and Furious Subpoena Deadline Extension Ignores the reality that the Department has unreasonably delayed producing these documents to the Committee

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request of an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress."

  • Fast and Furious
Feb 21, 2012

Issa Presses USDA on Food Stamp Fraud

Expands inquiry into failing anti-fraud procedures that allow barred storeowners back into program  WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon, asked USDA to respond to new findings by Scripps Howard News Service that found pervasive weaknesses ...

Feb 14, 2012

Faces of Forced Union Political Contributions

American Workers Denied The Right to Choose WASHINGTON, DC – American workers are being forced by union leaders to give money to partisan political activity they oppose. On February 8th, three of these workers testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about how forced political contributions violate their freedom and rights. But Terry Bowman, Claire Waites and Sally Coomer are not alone: many workers are not ...

Feb 10, 2012

Oversight Committee Chairman Issa Statement on Release of Energy Department Loan Review Report

Report finds flawed process, department ill-equipped to assess risk, lack of guidelines and reliance on ad-hoc process (WASHINGTON)—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the publication of a report critical of the Department of Energy's handling of green energy loans: "The findings of today's report are startling. The Obama Administration has acted as if Solyndra was a fluke, but the ...

Feb 9, 2012

Postal Crisis: USPS Acknowledges that Defaulting on Obligations Will Not Close Deficit

WASHINGTON- Today the United States Postal Service released its quarterly loss numbers, showing that the distressed self-funding federal agency lost $3.3 billion last quarter. Total mail volume was down 6% from the same time period last year. Historically, the first quarter of the fiscal year, which includes the Christmas season, is the most profitable for the Postal Service. Notably, USPS Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett acknowledged that continued deferment of the agency's obligation to ...

Feb 8, 2012

Oversight Committee Report Documents Challenges to Workplace Freedom & Fairness

Hearing and Report Outline Consequences for Workers Forced to Fund Political Activity (WASHINGTON)—Many workers are intentionally left unaware of their rights and subjected to threats and intimidation when they speak out against union support for political activities. Aided by Obama Administration Executive Orders and recent court cases weakening worker choice protections, unions can get around workers rights by inaccurately categorizing expenditures as ...

Feb 8, 2012

ADVISORY: Corpus Christi, Texas, to Host U.S. Congressional Oversight Committee Hearing on South Texas Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced that the committee will hold an official Congressional field hearing entitled, Exploring all the Energy Options and Solutions: South Texas as a Leader in Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy, on Monday, February 13, 2012, at 9:00 AM CST in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The hearing, which is ...

Feb 7, 2012

Oversight Advances Major Federal Pension Reform

Changes would apply to Members of Congress WASHINGTON- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee advanced today the largest cost-saving reform to federal employee pensions since the creation of the Federal Employee Retirement System in 1984. H.R. 3813, the Secure Annuities for Federal Employee Act, introduced by Oversight Subcommittee on Federal Workforce Chairman Dennis Ross, R-Fla., was approved ...

Feb 7, 2012

INFOGRAPHIC: State and Local Govt Ahead of Congress on Pension Reform

WASHINGTON- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will today consider H.R. 3813, the Securing Annuities for Federal Employees Act, introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy. As the infographic below underscores, many states and localities have undertaken major pension reform since 2000. You can find the graphic ...

Feb 7, 2012

Oversight Committee Reviewing Port of L.A. Grant for Port-Owned Yacht

(WASHINGTON)—The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is reviewing the Port of Los Angeles' decision to use $489,000 in stimulus funds awarded by the federal government to install a new propulsion system in a Port-owned yacht used for publicity and educational tours. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wrote February 6 to Dr. Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port, requesting information on a hybrid-electric propulsion system designed for the 70-foot motoryacht, Angelena ...