Press Releases

Mar 30, 2011

Oversight Committee Releases Report on Interference by DHS Political Appointees in FOIA Requests

Report also details efforts by Department lawyers to obstruct the committee's investigation WASHINGTON. D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today released a report: "A New Era of Openness? How and Why Political staff at DHS Interfered with the FOIA Process." The report details the ...

Mar 30, 2011

Why Isn’t the Department of Homeland Security Meeting the President’s Standard on FOIA?

Date: Thursday March 31th, 2011 Start Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building Witnesses: Panel I: • Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security • Ivan Fong ,General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security Panel II: • Charles Edwards, Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security • John Verdi, Senior Counsel, ...

Mar 30, 2011

House Votes to Fund D.C. Opportunity Scholarships

WASHINGTON- Today, on a bi-partisan vote of 225-195, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act. Today's passage of the SOAR Act was another key step in the restoration of the popular, cost-effective, and successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement: "President Kennedy once implored us to think of education 'as the means ...

Mar 30, 2011

Statement by Chairman Issa on SOAR Act

WASHINGTON- In advance of the debate on H.R. 471, the Scholarship for Opportunities and Results (SOAR) Act, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement: “The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is popular with District residents, cost-effective, and, most importantly, gives students from families of lesser means an opportunity to obtain an education they value.  We know from experience ...

Mar 30, 2011

Issa Applauds Passage of Legislation to End HAMP

WASHINGTON. D.C. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today praised the House of Representatives' passage of H.R. 839, "The HAMP Termination Act": "Despite clear evidence from SIGTARP, GAO and the Congressional Oversight Panel, the Treasury Department has repeatedly refused to face the facts and address shortcomings in this ineffective program," said Chairman Issa. "To many struggling Americans seeking permanent mortgage relief, HAMP ...

Mar 23, 2011

Oversight Committee to Scrutinize Postal Workforce Costs

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-R), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today announced a full committee hearing on United States Postal Service (USPS) pay and benefits on April 5th. The Committee expects to hear from the Postal Service on their tentative agreement offered to their largest union, the American Postal Worker Union (APWU), last week. The agreement has yet to be signed. Issa expressed serious doubt that the APWU contract agreement would improve the ...

Mar 22, 2011

Issa Questions SEC on Outdated Capital Market Regulations

Washington, DC – In light of Facebook's recent attempt to raise additional equity capital while avoiding the burdens of SEC registration, and the SEC's subsequent examination into the strategy employed by Facebook, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter today to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Chairman Mary Schapiro asking that the SEC consider whether its current regulations and actions contribute to the decline of ...

Mar 21, 2011

VIDEO RELEASE: Meet Oversight Watchdog Rep. Dennis Ross

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released "Meet Your Oversight Watchdogs: Rep. Dennis Ross," the third in a series of videos to introduce committee members to the American people. Rep. Ross serves the people of Florida's 12th Congressional District as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service & Labor Policy and as a member of the Oversight Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services & ...

Mar 17, 2011

Oversight Committee Investigating Allegations Surrounding D.C. Mayor’s Office

WASHINGTON D.C. – Chairman Darrell Issa today released the following statement about the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s probe into allegations surrounding the office of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray: “As the Chairman of the Committee with direct responsibility for overseeing the District of Columbia, I was deeply concerned by allegations made by a former mayoral candidate and political appointee of D.C. mayor Vincent Gray.  Even after the Home Rule Act, the ...

Mar 16, 2011

GAO Report Rips Readiness of Carbon Offset Market for Cap-and-Trade

WASHINGTON D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today made the following statement about a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the readiness of the current carbon offset market to facilitate additional and verifiable results: “This study casts further doubt on the ability of carbon offset markets to play an effective role in any energy tax law or regulation. Paying for carbon reduction that might have taken place anyway and results that ...