Press Releases

Jun 22, 2011

Issa Statement on Postal Service Decision to Stop Making Retirement Contributions

WASHINGTON- Today, in response to the United States Postal Service (USPS) announcement that they will stop making employer's contributions for the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for their employees, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. issued the following statement: "The United States Postal Service, our nation's second largest employer, is now past the brink of insolvency. This would not be tolerated in ...

Jun 21, 2011

Oversight To Consider Transparency Legislation with Amendments Tomorrow

WASHINGTON - H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, will be marked up at a business meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will be streamed live at http://oversight.house.gov. Chairman Issa has released

Jun 16, 2011

Issa Statement on Introduction of Senate Version of DATA Act

WASHINGTON- Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement in response to the Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., introducing today companion legislation to H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. Information on Chairman Issa's version of the DATA Act can be found

Jun 15, 2011

ATF Agent Expresses Fear That DOJ Inspector General Has Conflict of Interest In Fast and Furious Probe

WASHINGTON- In response to questioning by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during today's hearing, John Dodson, Special Agent, Phoenix Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said: "Well, I can see a conflict between the Office of the OIG [Office of Department of Justice Inspector General], yes sir, the actual individuals that are working the case, my interaction with them since I've been interviewed by them, is that I ...

Jun 15, 2011

Issa Releases Documents Showing Intimate Involvement of ATF Director in Controversial Gunwalking Operation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago in his opening statement at today's hearing, Operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released three e-mails detailing the intimate involvement of ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson and Acting Deputy Director Bill Hoover in Operation Fast and Furious: • The first e-mail from March 10, 2010, to Operation Fast and Furious Group VII Leader David Voth ...

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Jun 15, 2011

Report: Four ATF Agents Working on Controversial Operation Fast and Furious Tell Their Story

Agents say DOJ still being untruthful about efforts to let guns ‘walk’ into hands of drug cartels  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today released a report, “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents.”  The report includes testimony from four Bureau of Alcohol, ...

Jun 15, 2011

VIDEO: Top Watchdog Supports Transparency Legislation

WASHINGTON- At a congressional hearing today Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, praised H.R. 2146, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA). The DATA Act will establish an independent body to track federal spending, including grants, contracts, loans and agencies’ internal expenses, on a single electronic platform, using consistent reporting standards and data identifiers, and making all of the information available ...

Jun 13, 2011

Issa Statement on Biden Spending Transparency Announcement

WASHINGTON- Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement in response to the Vice President's announcement of a White House executive order on transparency in federal spending. Information on Chairman Issa's legislation, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, can be found

Jun 13, 2011

Issa Introduces Sweeping Open Government, Spending Transparency Reforms

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a long-time advocate for open government, will today introduce the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, which will establish an independent body to track federal spending, including grants, contracts, loans and agencies' internal expenses, on a single electronic platform, using consistent reporting standards and data identifiers, and making all of the information ...

Jun 10, 2011

Issa Statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today made the following statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General’s report that criticized Chairman Gregory Jaczko: “The NRC Inspector General’s report paints an embarrassing picture of a bully whose use of deceit and manipulation is ruining the integrity of a respected independent regulatory agency. It’s quite clear that closer Congressional scrutiny of the NRC ...