Press Releases

Mar 20, 2012

House Passes Oversight and Government Reform Bill to Sell Excess Federal Property

WASHINGTON- On a unanimous bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 665, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. The legislation was reported from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on November 17, 2011 on a bipartisan voice ...

Mar 20, 2012

Cantor Solicits “Citizen CoSponsors” For The DATA Act

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., today featured H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), in the release of the new “Citizen CoSponsor Project.” The project is described as “a dynamic communications platform that creates a more open, visible and participatory legislative process. Built on Facebook, Citizen CoSponsor will enable you to follow legislation that you’re interested in. You will then receive first-hand information and updates on the status of ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
  • Open Government
Mar 20, 2012

Pattern of Poor Management, Unconstrained Lending Created Speculative High-Risk Portfolio at DOE, Oversight Report Says

Committee Also Highlights Shoddy Results of Weatherization Program (WASHINGTON)—Reports authored by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform show a pattern of mismanagement, high-risk lending to green energy firms, and shoddy work performed under Department of Energy (DOE) weatherization programs. One report released by the Committee and Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) documents that DOE disregarded its own taxpayer protections, ignored ...

Mar 19, 2012

Advisory: FOIA in the 21st Century

FOIA in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Transparency in GovernmentSubcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla. Wednesday, March 21st This hearing will focus on the lack of progress of federal agencies to use ...

Mar 19, 2012

Geithner & Bernanke Testify Wednesday on European Debt Crisis

Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences for the United States and Lessons LearnedFull Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.9:30am on Wednesday, March 21st in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and webcast at

Mar 19, 2012

Energy Secretary Chu to Appear at Tuesday Oversight Hearing on DOE Stimulus Loan Program Management Challenges

(WASHINGTON)—The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing March 20 to assess Department of Energy (DOE) weatherization and green energy loan programs .  The hearing, part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation into administrative and management-related challenges related to stimulus programs, will include testimony from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. To date, billions in taxpayer dollars have been dedicated to the Weatherization Assistance ...

Mar 16, 2012

Joint Statement from Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings on Special Counsel Report Regarding Remains Mishandling & Whistleblowers at Dover/Port Mortuary

(WASHINGTON) Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement regarding an Office of Special Counsel (OSC) report published today in the case of mishandled remains at Dover Air Force Base and the Port Mortuary facility: “Dignified handling of service members’ remains of is one of our nation’s most fundamental responsibilities. The mishandling of remains at Port Mortuary has raised ...

Mar 15, 2012

Oversight Launches Reimagined Oversight.House.Gov

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today launched a reimagined Oversight.House.Gov, built to increase taxpayer access to the Oversight information that supports their participation in the committee’s work securing a government that spends less and serves better.

  • Misc
  • Open Government
Mar 15, 2012

Oversight Releases FOIA Management Scorecard: Federal Government Earns a C –

WASHINGTON- When President Obama signed the Open Government Initiative on January 21, 2009, he said "the Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law." But an evaluation released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform ...

Mar 9, 2012

Issa Statement on Reduction of Executive Compensation at Fannie and Freddie

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa responded to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) announcement today limiting executive compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2012.    In November, the Oversight Committee released a report on executive compensation and held a highly publicized