Reports


June 14, 2011
The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents

This report is the first in a series regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Possible future reports and hearings will likely focus on the actions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, the decisions faced by gun shop owners (FFLs) as a result of ATF’s actions, and the remarkably ill-fated decisions made by Justice Department officials in Washington, especially within the Criminal Division and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. This first installment focuses on ATF’s misguided approach of letting guns walk. The report describes the agents’ outrage about the use of gunwalking as an investigative technique and the continued denials and stonewalling by DOJ and ATF leadership. It provides some answers as to what went wrong with Operation Fast and Furious. Further questions for key ATF and DOJ decision makers remain unanswered. For example, what leadership failures within the Department of Justice allowed this program to thrive? Who will be held accountable and when?

June 2, 2011
The BP Oil Spill Recovery Effort: The Legacy of Choices Made by the Obama Administration

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee has conducted a yearlong investigation into the efficiency, adequacy, and accuracy of the federal response to the Gulf Oil Spill. This on-going investigative effort included three separate fact finding trips to southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, careful examinations of accounts provided by the Administration that directly conflict with the experience of federal and local officials on the ground, as well as a Congressional hearing. Investigators have interviewed over 50 federal, state, and local officials, as well as more than 50 residents of the affected region. The results of the investigation are documented in this report as well as a staff report issued by Ranking Member Issa on July 1, 2010, entitled How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up.

May 23, 2011
Rising Energy Costs: The Intentional Result of Government Action

The Obama Administration has advanced an agenda that discourages development of domestic carbon-based energy resources. Administration actions include the threat of new federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, withdrawal of federal lands, both on and offshore, from energy production, increasingly burdensome requirements for oil shale research and development leases, and a de facto moratorium on drilling permits. This strategy has added to permitting delays, created additional layers of review, and prolonged study periods. In addition, other laws such as the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act have been used to further suppress domestic oil and gas production, leading to higher gasoline prices and growing dependence on foreign oil. The Administration has also proposed a series of discriminatory tax increases targeting oil and gas producers in order to subsidize its favorite industry: so-called “clean energy” (primarily wind and solar).

March 30, 2011
A New Era of Openness? How and Why Political Staff at DHS Interfered with the FOIA Process

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has learned through the course of an eight-month investigation that political staff under DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano have corrupted the agency’s FOIA compliance procedures, exerted political pressure on FOIA compliance officers, and undermined the federal government’s accountability to the American people.

February 9, 2011
Assessing Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation

The Administration’s economic strategies employed over the last two years have not succeeded in getting Americans back to work in sufficient numbers… The President has reached out to several organizations representing business interests in the preceding weeks and months and has invited the heads of some of the largest national and multinational companies to share their suggestions for jumpstarting the economy. Businesses that responded to the President overwhelmingly reported that regulations are the barriers to pushing the economy forward and creating much-needed jobs to boost recovery.

September 22, 2010
A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch

Hand-in-hand with the powers expressly granted to Congress by the Constitution – among others, to legislate, to appropriate funds, to declare war, to raise armies, and to impeach – is the implicit responsibility to perform rigorous oversight of the Executive Branch.

September 13, 2010
The Removal of the Inspector General for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

Prior to his sudden retirement, Weiderhold contacted and met with Finance Committee staff on several occasions. During these conversations, Weiderhold described an environment where Amtrak management repeatedly interfered with the independent functioning of the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

August 16, 2010
Analysis of the First Year of the Obama Administration: Public Relations and Propaganda Initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa today requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the legality of taxpayer funded propaganda efforts undertaken by the Obama Administration.  GAO has investigated accusations of covert propaganda under previous Administrations and found them unlawful. “Although Federal laws prohibit the use…

July 1, 2010
How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-up

Pursuant to this review, staff has found numerous instances in which the situation on the ground conflicts with official reports. Of enormous concern, the situation in the Gulf is actually more dysfunctional and dire than what has been portrayed through official reports and press accounts based on official information. This blurring of reality is exacerbating problems with the clean-up effort.

May 18, 2010
The SEC: Designed for Failure

This Report describes the Commission’s most significant recent failures, outlines the long-term, systemic causes of these failures, and recommends that Congress constructively reform the agency through legislation and enhanced oversight.