Jul 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.

Apr 29, 2010

Who’s Right on Stimulus Job Creation? The Obama Administration’s Fiction vs. The American People’s Reality

This report attempts to explain the discrepancies between the stimulus claims made by the Administration and the facts in an attempt to arrive at a conclusion about who's right on stimulus job creation: the Obama Administration or the 89% of the American public who do not believe the stimulus has created jobs?

Apr 1, 2010

ACORN Political Machine Tries to Reinvent Itself

ACORN officials, however, appear to be trying to dupe government officials and the American public through false and misleading claims about ending operations.

Mar 2, 2010

Update and Supplement to the Initial Report: The Firing of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service

Since the publication of the initial report, however, the White House authorized CNCS to produce additional documents to the Committees. The Department of Justice also provided additional documents. This update and supplement to the initial report will present and analyze some of these additional documents to determine whether the conclusions in the initial report need to be modified in light of the new information.

Feb 25, 2010

Treasury Department’s Mortgage Modification Programs: A Failure Prolonging the Economic Crisis

In its current form, HAMP both hurts homeowners who might otherwise spend their trial-period mortgage payments on rent and also distorts the housing market, delaying any recovery. Treasury owes American taxpayers and homeowners an honest explanation of HAMP's ill-advised creation and ongoing mismanagement.

Feb 19, 2010

Midway through the 111th Congress, Creating Accountability and Transparency under One-Party Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released a report,"Midway through the 111th Congress: Creating Accountability and Transparency under One-Party Rule." From the report: "As the Minority Members of U.S. House of Representatives chief watchdog committee, with jurisdiction to investigate all federal ...

Feb 18, 2010

Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies

This report adds new evidence confirming these previous findings of ACORN's misconduct in addition to a closer examination of ACORN's financial transactions and fundraising that define the organization as a political machine.

Feb 2, 2010

The Failure to Address the Costs of Defensive Medicine in Health Care Legislation

The benefits of tort reform are clear and offer the opportunity to help Americans who cannot afford health insurance obtain it, for those who have health insurance to pay lower premiums, and for all Americans to be treated by health professionals who are focused on patients instead of potential lawsuits.

Jan 25, 2010

Public Disclosure As A Last Resort: How The Federal Reserve Fought To Cover Up The Details Of The AIG Counterparties Bailout From The American People

On September 15, 2008, the three major credit ratings agencies downgraded AIG's credit rating due to rising calls for AIG to post billions of dollars in cash collateral. These collateral calls, combined with the ratings downgrade (which triggered calls for more collateral under the terms of the contracts), put AIG on the verge of a bankruptcy filing. The following day, September 16, 2008, the Federal Reserve Board, with the support of the Treasury Department, authorized the Federal Reserve Bank ...