A Dismissal of Safety, Choice, and Cost: The Obama Administration’s New Auto Regulations
In the wake of a massive taxpayer-funded bailout and effective government control of General Motors and Chrysler, the Obama Administration took unprecedented action to extract agreement for strict new fuel economy standards from auto manufacturers. This places ideology over science and politics over process. This action has serious consequences for consumers in the choice, cost, and safety of vehicles. While the Obama Administration has told the public and Congress it followed the statutory ...
Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation (Part 1 of 3)
This report is the first of three completing the investigative work of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. This report chronicles the fundamentally flawed firearms trafficking case from the perspective of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Part two will look at the devastating failure of supervision and leadership by officials at Justice Department headquarters, ...
Continuing Oversight of Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: Job Creators Still Buried by Red Tape
Chairman Issa released a new report documenting the strangling effect of red tape on job creation. In this report, job creators across the country describe problems with these regulations that prevent them from adding new jobs into our economy.
How Countrywide Used Its VIP Loan Program to Influence Washington Policymakers
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today released a new report following the Committee’s three year investigation into Countrywide Financial’s “Friends of Angelo” and “VIP Program” that issued discounted mortgages to influential Washington policy figures. The report finds that Countrywide used its VIP Program to aid its lobbying efforts as well as to strengthen its relationship with taxpayer backed Fannie Mae. Countrywide partnered with Fannie ...
House Oversight Committee Recommendation to Hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is recommending that the House of Representatives hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress. Holder and the Department of Justice have failed to comply with congressional subpoenas concerning Justice Department documents about the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, which allowed around 2,000 firearms to fall into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico and led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. The Committee on ...
FDA’s Contribution to the Drug Shortage Crisis
American patients and doctors currently confront an unprecedented shortage of critical drugs. The drugs in shortage are mostly generic injectable medications, many of which have been on the market for decades. Information obtained by the Committee shows that the crisis was largely sparked by actions of the Food and Drug Administration.
Airport Insecurity: TSA’s Failure to Cost-Effectively Procure, Deploy and Warehouse Its Screening Technologies
During the past ten years, TSA has struggled to cost-effectively utilize taxpayer funding to procure and deploy security equipment at the Nation’s 463 airports where TSA provides screening operations.
Uncovering Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicaid Program
No one knows how much of Medicaid's budget consists of waste, fraud, and abuse, but it may exceed $100 billion a year.
Impact of President Obama’s Health Care Law on Jobs
For our nation’s job creators, Obamacare’s new taxes and excessive regulations are exacerbating the country’s job crisis. The 10,000 pages of regulations already produced through Obamacare—not to mention the thousands of pages still being written—have contributed to significant uncertainty among business owners.
The Department of Energy’s Disastrous Management of Loan Guarantee Programs
The Obama Department of Energy (DOE) has overseen a process wrought with misdirection, changing and expanding requirements, unexplained delays, gross mischaracterizations, and a never-ending cycle of excuses. Not only does it appear that DOE purposely directed taxpayer funds at a failing enterprise, DOE’s action robbed taxpayers of genuine investment toward renewable energy.