Press Releases

May 25, 2017

Chaffetz Responds to FBI Letter Regarding Comey Memos

Affirms Congress' independent investigative authority WASHINGTON - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responding to the agency's decision to withhold documents requested by the Committee on

May 24, 2017

Chaffetz Statement on Resignation of Department of ED Chief Operating Officer

WASHINGTON - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced the resignation of James Runcie, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Federal Student Aid (FSA), who was invited to testify at a Committee hearing on improper payments tomorrow. "It is disappointing Mr. Runcie would rather resign than ...

May 24, 2017

House Passes Two Oversight Committee Bills

Bills address Official Time Transparency and Social Security Number Fraud Prevention  "While OPM may request that agencies provide data related to official time, OPM does not have any set standards or procedures prescribing the collection of official time data. Considering the burden that official time puts on the taxpayer, more ...

May 17, 2017

House Passes Legislation to Modernize Government Technology

Three additional Committee bills approved "This legislation is an innovative solution and a tremendous step forward in strengthening our digital infrastructure." WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed

May 10, 2017

Chaffetz Statement on Comey Firing

Letter to DOJ IG asks for expansion of ongoing review  WASHINGTON - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after sending a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz: "Previously I asked Inspector General Horowitz to review the FBI's actions in advance of the 2016 election. Today I sent a letter urging IG Horowitz to expand the scope of ...

May 9, 2017

Grassley, Chaffetz Blast HHS Memo Instructing Employees to Disclose When They Communicate with Congress

Internal memo will expose whistleblowers to retaliation and is potentially illegal and unconstitutional WASHINGTON - After obtaining an internal memo sent from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instructing employees to inform the agency before communicating independently with Congress, congressional leaders sent a letter to Secretary Tom Price criticizing the memo as potentially illegal and ...

May 8, 2017

Committee Leaders Stress Importance of Data Act Implementation

Bipartisan letter lists five recommendations for successful application WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of a major reporting milestone for the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, leaders from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to the heads of the

May 3, 2017

Chaffetz, Cummings Demand TSA Comply with Subpoena

Letter threatens "serious consequences" for non-compliance WASHINGTON - Yesterday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Administrator warning that the agency's continued failure to comply with a Committee-issued subpoena will lead to "serious ...

May 2, 2017

Oversight Committee Passes Bipartisan Bills Strengthening Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed three bipartisan bills to strengthen protections for whistleblowers.   “Whistleblowers must be protected. Period. Their courageous efforts keep the federal government open and honest. Passing these bipartisan bills illustrates our ...