Press Releases

Dec 1, 2011

Oversight Chairman Issa Calls on Obama Administration to Return Utility MACT Regulation to EPA to Complete Assessment of Impact on Jobs

Rushed Rulemaking Omitted Assessment of Impact on Job Creation and Grid Reliability (WASHINGTON)—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today called on the Obama Administration's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to return the proposed Utility MACT rule to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and require a more complete assessment of its impact on job creation. EPA is slated to issue the final Utility MACT rule ...

Nov 28, 2011

Oversight Committee Leaders Request Dover AFB Remains-Handling Documents from Secretary Panetta

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democratic and Republican leaders today requested information from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about U.S. government mishandling of remains at a U.S. Air Force base. The letter was authored by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), along with Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Subcommittee Ranking Member John ...

Nov 17, 2011

Oversight Committee Approves Bills on Debt, Jobs, and Transparency

WASHINGTON- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved four bills designed to save taxpayer money, reduce unfunded mandates, and ensure transparency in government spending decisions and Presidential Records. • H.R. 665, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act of 2011- Approved on a bipartisan voice vote. The bill will create a pilot program to sell excess federal ...

Nov 16, 2011

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Issa Statement on the White House’s proposed CAFÉ standard rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today released the following statement on the White House's newest proposed CAFE standard rule: "Estimates indicate that these new regulations will raise vehicle costs for consumers by over $3000 per vehicle and even the White House's own estimates say this rule will cost $157 billion dollars to implement. Beyond jobs that would be lost as a result of this rule, there are concerns that these new ...

Nov 16, 2011

Issa Releases Report on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Executive Compensation

Report examines Obama administration’s contradictory rhetoric on bonuses, $1.7 million non-performance based ‘signing bonus’ for Fannie executive WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today released  a new report, “Government-Sponsored Moguls: Executive Compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” Highlights of the report include: Assessments of controversial executive compensation decisions ...

Nov 9, 2011

Issa Presses DOJ Official on False Statement to Congress in Fast and Furious Probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today pressed Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Ronald Weich for documents and other information related to a false statement Weich made to Congress regarding gun walking that took place in the reckless gun smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.  According to agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and ...

  • Fast and Furious
Nov 7, 2011

Oversight Chairman Issa Statement on Energy Department IG Report Documenting Millions in Additional Stimulus-Funded Project Waste

WASHINGTON DC—House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today issued the following statement on the release of a new Department of Energy Inspector General report documenting the departments’ failure to manage a $152 million stimulus project resulting in delays and wasted funds: “Inspector General Friedman’s report underscores what he told the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week: the Obama Administration’s ...

Nov 3, 2011

Oversight Committee Advances Legislation to Increase Accountability in Federal Program Performance

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today approved legislation - H.R. 3262, the Government Results Transparency Act (GRTA) - to increase federal transparency and strengthen taxpayers' ability to hold government accountable for the performance of federal government programs. GRTA will make federal agencies' reports on program performance easier for taxpayers and government watchdogs to search and analyze by establishing consistent data standards and ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Nov 3, 2011

Oversight Committee Advances Legislation to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved three bills to reduce government spending and protect against address waste abuse of taxpayer dollars. "Reforming government, whether through changes implemented by the administration or through legislation, is a critical goal of oversight," said Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. "Downsizing the federal government, enhancing legal channels for federal employees to report waste and abuse, and ...

  • Full Oversight Committee
Nov 2, 2011

Issa Introduces Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the introduction of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 3289). The legislation will strengthen provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act, originally enacted in 1989, for federal government employees who expose abuse, mismanagement, or criminal activity in federal agencies and programs. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government ...