Press Releases

Apr 25, 2012

Issa and Cummings Seek Facts, Briefing from DOD on Cartagena Prostitution Scandal

Issa & Cummings: “Our nation's capacity to protect the President, the Vice President, and other high-ranking officials when they travel abroad, depends on the strong character and sound judgment of uniformed military personnel who, along with the U.S. Secret Service plan and implement those trips. The recent actions of a group of uniformed military personnel on assignment in Cartagena, Colombia, showed an alarming lack of both.”

Apr 25, 2012

Oversight Committee to Move Reconciliation Elements at Thursday Markup

Issa: “Like Social Security, the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund is not a store of wealth, it’s a line on the Treasury’s ledger. If the federal government’s out of control spending is not curbed, these accounts will prove just how empty they really are--we need to secure these earned employee benefits and reduce the deficit at the same time."

Apr 25, 2012

New Oversight Report Documents Implications of Persistent Waste and Fraud in Medicaid

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released a new report documenting shortcomings in the federal Medicaid program leading to billions in wasteful or fraudulent spending. The Committee noted that Medicaid spending had grown by 450 percent over the past two decades, and is projected to more than double over the next decade. As spending increases, the report said, the likelihood for waste, fraud and abuse also increases.

Apr 23, 2012

Oversight Chairman Issa Statement on Minnesota Medicaid Refund Decision

Issa: “Thanks to rigorous oversight, federal taxpayers will receive a $15 million refund of waste and abuse in the Medicaid system. Senator Grassley deserves credit for his dogged investigation of this issue. In addition, a whistleblower will speak at our hearing on Wednesday about the true origin of the so-called $30 million ‘donation’ from Medicaid contractor UCare. Today’s action underscores the importance of our hearings and continued investigation into Medicaid mismanagement.”

Apr 23, 2012

Bipartisan DATA Act Scheduled for Vote Wednesday

“Now, more than ever, the American people demand real accountability of how their tax dollars are being spent,” said committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “It’s clear from our investigation into GSA’s lavish conference spending that accountability and increased transparency is needed. Through the bipartisan DATA Act, we can improve our oversight of federal funds by mandating clear, consistent reporting standards.”

  • Full Oversight Committee
  • Wasteful Spending
Apr 20, 2012

FISMA Enhancement Legislation Gains Momentum in House

"Congress understands that some of our nation’s greatest security threats come from cyber attacks,” Chairman Issa said. “FISMA has become a compliance activity, even at times when compliance appeared to take precedence over security. This bill provides necessary enhancements and helps arm government to meet—and overcome—cyber attacks.”

  • Full Oversight Committee
Apr 18, 2012

Oversight Advances Information Security Enhancements and Federal Workforce Reforms

Chairman Issa: “FISMA reform is the result of a bipartisan collaborative effort with public and private sector partners to solve our nation’s information security crisis,” said Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “Congress understands that some of our country’s greatest security threats come from cyber attacks. FISMA had become a compliance activity, even at times when compliance appeared to supersede security. ”

Apr 18, 2012

Issa Releases DATA Act Amendments on Madison

H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), will implement strong reporting standards, allowing fractured and ineffective reporting systems to be streamlined, providing useful information to policymakers, agency managers, and the American people.

Apr 16, 2012

Issa Statement on Retirement of Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns

Issa: “For 30 years, Ed Towns has fought on behalf of taxpayers with a singular mix of Bed-Stuy toughness and grace. His decades of work exposing waste, fraud and mismanagement of taxpayer dollarsserves as a model for the positive change accountable government can deliver for citizens. I’ve witnessed some of the countless lives Ed has touched while accompanying him to field hearings in Brooklyn, and his tireless advocacy for his constituents and country will be greatly missed.”

Apr 13, 2012

E-mail Shreds Claim that Obama Administration’s April Maneuvers Were a Quick Response to Facts of Scandal

Top Obama Administration GSA Official Worried Last Summer about How Facts of Scandal would be Portrayed in the Media.