Jul 26, 2011

The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence

This report explores the effect of Operation Fast and Furious on Mexico. Its lethal drug cartels obtained AK-47 variants, Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles, .38 caliber revolvers, and FN Five-seveNs from Arizona gun dealers who were cooperating with the ATF by continuing to sell to straw purchasers identified in Operation Fast and Furious.

Jun 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 ...

Jun 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. ...

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 ...

Mar 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.

Feb 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 ...

Sep 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.

Sep 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).

Aug 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 of taxpayer dollars for covert propaganda, ...

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.