Press Releases

Aug 5, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on Senate IRS Targeting Report

Bipartisan Finance Committee report supports need for Commissioner’s removal WASHINGTON—House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement today upon release of the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan report on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting scandal: “This bipartisan report is a helpful addition to our own ongoing investigation. It supports the fact that Commissioner Koskinen provided ...

Jul 29, 2015

Hearing Wrap Up – “EPA Mismanagement Part II”

TAKEAWAYS: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to be plagued by persistent employee misconduct. John Beale, former head of the EPA office of Homeland Security, masqueraded as a covert CIA officer and is now in prison for time and attendance fraud while employed at the EPA. Peter Jutro retired in disgrace after he was found to have sexually assaulted over a ...

Jul 27, 2015

Chaffetz Calls On President to Remove IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Oversight Committee plans to pursue all remedies for accountability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6kpXaxc87k WASHINGTON—Today, Chairman Jason Chaffetz along with 20 members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee joined together in calling upon President Obama to remove Internal Revenue ...

Jul 24, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on DOJ OLC Opinion

WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)) released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion on Inspector General (IG) access to documents: “Today’s opinion places another roadblock in the path of IGs as they work to hold federal agencies accountable and ferret out waste, fraud, and abuse. Nothing should interfere with an IG’s ability to ...

Jul 22, 2015

Committee Passes Twelve Bills With Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON— Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a mark up to consider six pieces of legislation along with six postal naming bills. The following actions were taken by the Committee: H.R. 598, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know ...

Jul 15, 2015

Criminal Justice Reform Hearing Wrap Up

Criminal Justice Reform: Part I Criminal Justice Reform: Part II Witnesses: The Honorable John Cornyn, Senator, Texas The Honorable Cory Booker, Senator, New Jersey The Honorable Jim Sensenbrenner, Representative, Wisconsin 5th District The ...

Jul 15, 2015

House Committee Chairmen Call for Withdrawal of Administration’s Harmful, Unnecessary Blacklisting Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican leaders of three congressional committees today wrote to the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to call for the withdrawal of the administration’s proposed blacklisting guidance and regulation. Expressing concern over the anticipated harmful consequences of the proposal, leaders on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Small Business Committee explain: The ...

Jul 14, 2015

Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena to OIRA for WOTUS Documents

Administrator refuses to produce documents despite numerous Congressional inquiries WASHINGTON – Today, after repeated efforts to work with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued a subpoena to Administrator Howard Shelanski to produce documents and communications related to the agency’s review of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Upon issuing the subpoena ...

Jul 10, 2015

Chaffetz Statement on OPM Director Archuleta’s Resignation

WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Archuleta is resigning. “This is the absolute right call. OPM needs a competent, technically savvy leader to manage the biggest cybersecurity crisis in this nation’s history. The IG has been warning about security lapses at OPM for almost a ...

Jul 9, 2015

Hearing Wrap-up: Construction Costs and Delays at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Witnesses: Michael J. Courts, Director International Affairs and Trade, U.S. Government Accountability Office Lydia Muniz, Director, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO), U.S. Department of State Gregory B. Starr, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), U.S. Department of State Donald S. Hays, Senior Inspector, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of State Jarrett Blanc, Senior Inspector, Principal Deputy Special ...