Issa Statement on President’s Reorganization Announcement

Published: Jan 13, 2012

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over governmental reorganization, reiterated the bipartisan, bicameral request that President Obama actively collaborate with Congress on his plan to reorganize federal agencies first disclosed nearly one year ago during the President’s last State of the Union Address.

“I stand ready to work with President Obama on proposals to reorganize federal agencies,” said Chairman Issa. “While I have been disappointed that the White House has not embraced earlier bipartisan Congressional efforts seeking collaborative engagement on proposals to reorganize government, I hope this announcement represents the beginning of a sincere and dedicated effort to enact meaningful reforms.”

In March, the House and Senate leaders of the committees of jurisdiction on government reorganization asked for “a tentative timeline for development and implementation of the reorganization proposal, as well as regular updates during the review.”

The March letter, addressed to Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients, was signed by Chairman Issa along with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Ranking Minority Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Senator Joseph Lieberman, ID-Conn., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking member of the Senate committee.

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