Press Releases

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 ...

Feb 7, 2012

Issa Presses Chu to Testify on Energy Loans

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa continued to press Department of Energy Secretary Chu to testify on the department's stimulus and green energy expenditures. Committee documents reveal a disturbing series of questionable Energy Department loan decisions, resulting in millions of taxpayer dollars spent on companies with unstable footing, often in poor financial condition. "I am amazed that your staff thinks that you are not qualified to ...

Feb 3, 2012

Fast and Furious Holder Hearing Draws Thousands

17,000+ Visit as Holder Stonewall Continues WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to deliver accountability for Operation Fast and Furious and stop the Justice Department's year-long effort to stonewall Congress and the American people. More than 13,000 taxpayers watched the hearing via