Press Releases

Jan 18, 2012

Issa Statement on #SOPA & #PIPA Website Blackouts

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today issued the following statement on the blackouts of many popular websites – including Wikipedia, Craigslist, Google and thousands of others– in response to the serious threats ...

Jan 17, 2012

Oversight Announces Hearing on McPherson Square Campsite

WASHINGTON- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hear from District of Columbia officials and the National Park Service next Tuesday during a subcommittee hearing titled "McPherson Square: Who Made the Decision to Allow Indefinite Camping in the Park?" D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Department of Health Director Dr. Mohammed Akhter will testify on the impact of the ongoing encampment on public health and public safety inside and outside the park. National Park Service ...

Jan 14, 2012

Issa: Flawed SOPA Bill Not Headed to House Floor

OGR hearing planned for Wednesday postponed following assurances, removal of DNS provisions Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that a 

Jan 13, 2012

Issa Statement on President’s Reorganization Announcement

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over governmental reorganization, reiterated the bipartisan, bicameral request that President Obama actively collaborate with Congress on his plan to reorganize federal agencies first disclosed nearly one year ago during the President's last ...

Jan 13, 2012

Oversight Committee Presses Department of Energy on More Problematic Loan Guarantees

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, following the loss of taxpayer money in the bankruptcy of Solyndra, continues to press the Department of Energy for answers about other questionable and problematic loans funded by the $787 billion stimulus. Letters released today by the Committee ask the Department of Energy to respond to questions related to taxpayer backed loan guarantees to Beacon Power and Nevada Geothermal. • Regarding Nevada ...

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 ...