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May 25, 2016

How Mismanagement and Political Interference Squandered $305 Million Federal Taxpayer Dollars

Committee Releases Investigative Report on Cover Oregon Refers matter for criminal investigation to DOJ and Oregon Attorney General Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released a staff report titled,

May 2, 2016

Fast and Furious Documents Reveal DOJ’s Efforts to Obstruct Congressional Investigation

Background: The Fast and Furious operation was responsible for allowing approximately 2,000 firearms to illegally flow into the hands of criminals, including Mexican drug cartel associates. On December 14, 2010, Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a United States Marine, was killed while on patrol just miles from the Mexican border.  The firearms found at the scene were semi-automatic rifles that were ...

Jan 11, 2016

Freedom of Information Act is Broken: A Report

KEY REPORT FINDINGS: The Executive Branch culture encourages an unlawful presumption in favor of secrecy when responding to FOIA requests. The administration is unaware that FOIA is systemically broken.  Agencies create and follow FOIA policies that appear to be designed to deter requesters from ...

Dec 3, 2015

United States Secret Service: An Agency In Crisis

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Nov 4, 2015

Report on EPA’s Unprecedented Action in Bristol Bay, AK

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Subcommittee on the Interior Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter and

Oct 27, 2015

IRS Staff Report

On May 15, 2013—one day after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report that found the IRS targeted taxpayers on the basis of their political beliefs— President Obama stated the targeting program was “inexcusable and Americans have the right to be angry about it.” Additionally, the President said, “[O]ur administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with ...

Jul 27, 2015

Calling on President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

On July 27, 2015, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, along with 51 other members of the House of Representatives called on President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. In a letter to President Obama, the Committee outlined the findings, thus far, of its investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. The letter explains and provides evidence ...

Jul 8, 2015

Referring Former Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to DOJ to Consider Criminal Prosecution

On July 8, 2015,House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) referred former Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso to the U.S. Attorney General to investigate whether he should be criminally prosecuted for making false statements to Congress.  The criminal referral follows two Oversight hearings in 

Dec 31, 2014

Legislative and Oversight Accomplishments of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Legislative Work Through its efforts, the Committee has seen 23 bills enacted into law and 74 bills passed by the House between 2011 and 2014. Notably, the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) was signed into law by the President on May 9, 2014 (p. 35). The DATA Act “requires Federal agencies to publicly report all of their obligations and expenditures–encompassing both external spending, such as ...

Dec 18, 2014

Misplaced Priorities: How the Social Security Administration Sacrificed Quality for Quantity in the Disability Determination Process

Key Findings: ·         All of the 48 ALJ focused reviews conducted by SSA and reviewed by Committee staff showed numerous deficiencies in ALJ decision-making and several disturbing patterns. ALJs conducted few or inadequate hearings, misused vocational experts, failed to properly assess work ability and relied too heavily on medical briefs prepared by claimants’ paid ...