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.
The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Program: Taxpayer Money Spent, Taxpayer Money Lost
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) $5 billion Weatherization Assistance Program is a stunning example of how the Obama Administration has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars in a misguided effort to achieve energy savings but ultimately commissioning work that put people’s lives and homes at significant risk. The Weatherization Program, as administered by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, has resulted in excessive waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars with very little benefit to show for it.
Report Card on Federal Government Efforts to Track and Manage FOIA Requests
As part of a broader effort to conduct oversight over FOIA to help improve government transparency, on January 25, 2011, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to 180 entities representing 100 government agencies requesting information about their FOIA tracking systems. The ability and willingness of agencies to submit this information (or lack thereof) served as the basis of an objective evaluation by committee staff of agency FOIA management.
Workplace Freedom and Fairness: Are Workers Forced to Fund Political Causes They Oppose?
Freedom and choice are the cornerstones of what our system of government was built on. They also represent the core principles that helped create unionization in America. Over time, the role of unions has evolved from being a protector of workers against being forced to work long hours in difficult conditions to a being a powerful agent in the political process.