Nov 4, 2015

Report on EPA’s Unprecedented Action in Bristol Bay, AK

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Subcommittee on the Interior Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter and

Oct 27, 2015

IRS Staff Report

On May 15, 2013—one day after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report that found the IRS targeted taxpayers on the basis of their political beliefs— President Obama stated the targeting program was “inexcusable and Americans have the right to be angry about it.” Additionally, the President said, “[O]ur administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with ...

Jul 27, 2015

Calling on President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

On July 27, 2015, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, along with 51 other members of the House of Representatives called on President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. In a letter to President Obama, the Committee outlined the findings, thus far, of its investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. The letter explains and provides evidence of the ...

Jul 8, 2015

Referring Former Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to DOJ to Consider Criminal Prosecution

On July 8, 2015,House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) referred former Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to the U.S. Attorney General to investigate whether he should be criminally prosecuted for making false statements to Congress.  The criminal referral follows two Oversight hearings in 

Dec 31, 2014

Legislative and Oversight Accomplishments of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Legislative Work Through its efforts, the Committee has seen 23 bills enacted into law and 74 bills passed by the House between 2011 and 2014. Notably, the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) was signed into law by the President on May 9, 2014 (p. 35). The DATA Act “requires Federal agencies to publicly report all of their obligations and expenditures–encompassing both external spending, such as ...

Dec 18, 2014

Misplaced Priorities: How the Social Security Administration Sacrificed Quality for Quantity in the Disability Determination Process

Key Findings: ·         All of the 48 ALJ focused reviews conducted by SSA and reviewed by Committee staff showed numerous deficiencies in ALJ decision-making and several disturbing patterns. ALJs conducted few or inadequate hearings, misused vocational experts, failed to properly assess work ability and relied too heavily on medical briefs prepared by claimants’ paid ...

Dec 8, 2014

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Involvement in ‘Operation Choke Point’

Key findings: ·  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the primary federal regulator of over 4,500 banks, targeted legal industries.  FDIC’s explicitly intended its list of “high-risk merchants” to influence banks’ business decisions.   FDIC policymakers debated ways to ensure that bank officials saw the list and “get the message.” · Documents ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau: Addressing Data Collection Vulnerabilities

Among the report’s findings: ‧         The Census Bureau’s lack of recordkeeping and deficient data collection system fostered an environment in which data falsification could occur. ‧         The suspected falsification procedures are inconsistent from region to region and from case to case. The system relies on paper-based forms, making it vulnerable to error and ...

Sep 17, 2014

Behind the Curtain of the Rollout

Key findings in the report: ·         Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials contemplated a “covert ops mission” to circumvent incompetent CMS officials: “I grow weary of the bullshit passive/aggressiveness of [CMS official] Henry [Chao], ...

Jul 28, 2014

ObamaCare’s Taxpayer Bailout of Health Insurers and the White House’s Involvement to Increase Bailout Size

Key Findings: -          An insurance company CEO appealed directly to Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, after the Administration signaled ...