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  • House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton's email server

    09/19/2016 3:26:03 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/19/2016 | Katie Bo Williams
    The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post that alleges an IT specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server sought advice on how to alter the contents of “VERY VIP” emails, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Meadows is the chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee. “The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill. Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Combetta, an...
  • Gruber Takes His Medicine on Hill

    12/09/2014 1:56:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | December 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, now to the House committee looking into Jonathan Gruber. Ranking Democrat on the committee is Elijah Cummings, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucasians. All of these ranking members get to make opening remarks before the interrogation begins. And we have a portion of Elijah Cummings' opening remarks. CUMMINGS: As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid, I mean, absolutely stupid comments. They were responsible, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality, and they were indeed insulting. Dr. Gruber does not speak for me nor the chairman of...
  • The Necessary and Proper Clause: Master or servant?

    11/13/2014 1:32:51 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 13, 2014 | Will Baude
    Last week, as readers of this blog surely know, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, which considers the validity of a law regulating the content of U.S. passports. One constitutional question potentially implicated in the case is the scope of the Necessary and Proper Clause, in particular Congress’s power to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution … all other powers vested by this Constitution … in any department or officer” of the federal government. (The clause is mentioned very briefly by Jack Goldsmith here; it still leaves open the...
  • AUDIO: What Sharyl Attkisson says about Congressional oversight will sober celebratory Republicans

    11/06/2014 8:36:37 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-11-06 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In response to a question about information likely to leave the Department of Justice with Eric Holder when the attorney general steps down, and whether Congress or the media will be able to uncover information heretofore withheld by Holder and his colleagues, Attkisson told us: Congress has gotten in some respects like some in the media, where according to members themselves and their staff, there is not the appetite to do the hard-nosed investigations and oversight that they used to do.
  • Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending...

    07/26/2014 1:21:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Committee on Oversight & Goverment Reform ^ | 7/25/14 | Govt Committee??
    "Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Political Activity" Committee votes to reject White House claim that head of political office has absolute immunity from Congress Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for political affairs office head, David Simas, who has failed to appear before the Committee twice. This morning, the White House declined Chairman’s further accommodation to allow Mr. Simas to comply with his obligations under the subpoena. Yesterday, Chairman Issa offered White House Counsel Neil...
  • White House defies House Oversight Committee subpoena - advisers are 'absolutely immune'

    07/16/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/16/14 | Francesca Chambers
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpenaed the president's official political adviser, David Simas Issa is concerned that Simas may be violating a federal law that bans most employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity White House Counsel sent Issa a letter last night claiming the president's 'immediate advisers are absolutely immune' from such demands Issa held a hearing today anyway, claiming that his committee has a 'legal obligation' to make sure taxpayer funds are being used properly
  • Oversight Subpoenas White House Attorney for Tuesday Testimony on Lerner Emails

    06/23/2014 3:37:30 PM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    House Oversight ^ | June 23, 2014 | Darrel Issa
    Committee announces subpoena after White House Counsel’s office declines to make attorney who supervised IRS’s response to congressional inquiry available for testimony House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today issued a subpoena to Ms. Jennifer O’Connor of the White House Counsel’s office for testimony on Tuesday, following Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony this evening at 7 pm. The subpoena follows a letter from White House Counsel Neil Eggleston declining to make Ms. O’Connor available on a voluntary basis as requested last Thursday. Chairman Issa issued the following statement on the issuance of the...
  • AP: Congress not told of swap because Taliban threatened to kill him if agreement was leaked.

    06/05/2014 10:02:10 AM PDT · by sunmars · 245 replies
    Just Breaking on AP wires.......I have heard it all now.......lies lies and more lies.
  • Live Thread: Benghazi, [Hearing] Successes and Failures of U.S. Intervention in Libya

    05/01/2014 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 160 replies ^ | May 1, 2014 |
    Witnesses testified about the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the Obama administration’s response. Brigadier General Robert Lovell, U.S. Air Force (Retired) Former Deputy Director for Intelligence and Knowledge Development Directorate (J-2), U.S. Africa Command Former Deputy Commanding General of Joint Task Force Odyssey Guard Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Ph.D Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies Dr. Kori Schake, Ph.D Research Fellow Hoover Institution Dr. Frederic Wehrey, Ph.D. Senior Associate, Middle East Program Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

    04/23/2014 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 12:34 AM EDT | Michael Felberbaum
    The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. …
  • Oversight committee votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

    04/10/2014 2:32:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/10/14 | Christopher Bedford
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted on Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The committee’s approval paves the way for a vote in the full House of Representatives. Lerner is accused of leading an effort to target the tax status of conservative organizations, while giving liberal organizations a pass. Lerner previously pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned by the committee on May 22, 2013. The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination. But since Lerner had previously professed her innocence in a statement, a little over one month later the committee voted that...
  • Oversight report: 6 reasons Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights

    03/11/2014 1:57:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/11/14 | Patrick Howley
    A report released Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asserted that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights. Lerner continues to stonewall California Rep. Darrell Issa’s committee, pleading the Fifth again in a divisive Oversight hearing last Wednesday convened to get to the bottom of the IRS’ improper targeting of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012. Oversight member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller that the committee is “moving” toward holding Lerner in contempt of Congress to compel her to testify. “I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where...
  • Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ (A House End Run?)

    03/06/2014 7:15:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-6-2014 | Patrick Howley
    March 6, 2014 Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ Patrick Howley The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is moving in the direction of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress sooner rather than later, committee member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller.“I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where this is headed.”Jordan added that he feels holding Lerner in contempt is “the right thing to do.”An Oversight Committee staffer confirmed that a contempt charge is being considered.Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked...
  • Live Thread: House Ways and Means-Subcommittee on Oversight: IRS Oversight

    02/05/2014 6:49:35 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 29 replies ^ | February 5, 2014 |
    The House Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee conducted a hearing on oversight at the Internal Revenue Service. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) chairs the hearing. People in this video Boustany, Charles W. Jr. U.S. Representative [R] Louisiana Hosting Organization House Committee Ways and Means
  • Conservative of the Year: Rep. Darrell Issa

    01/02/2014 9:01:53 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1-2-14 | Human Events Editors
    The rule of law is a matter of much concern lately, thanks to President Obama’s extraordinary use, and often flagrant abuse, of executive power. Congress held hearings on the subject in December, with some of the most damning testimony coming from leading liberal intellectuals. For the past five years, no one has worked more diligently to hold this Administration accountable than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who represents northern San Diego County, and chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. After serving in the Army and reaching the rank of captain, Issa built an impressive private-sector business resume, founding Directed...
  • President Obama Challenges Darrell Issa And Congressional Oversight

    12/17/2013 3:41:20 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 14 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/17/13 | LD Jackson
    There is one thing that is abundantly clear about President Obama. He does not like to be challenged on anything he is doing. If he sets a policy, he expects to have the final word. Thus, you can imagine how he feels about Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee. From the time Issa took over the position when the Republicans won the House of Representatives in 2010, he has been focused on asking some very pointed questions of the Obama administration. He has been aided by none other than the Obama administration itself. Given...
  • Live Thread: HHS Secretary Testifies on Enrollment Issues

    10/30/2013 6:17:22 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 474 replies ^ | 10.30.13 | C-span
    Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on the hill, Wednesday, concerning’s problems since its October 1 rollout. She’ll answer questions before the House Energy & Commerce Committee. This is the committee’s second hearing related to the website problems. Last week, four government contractors hired to help build the site testified. Tuesday, Marilyn Tavener, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, appeared before the Ways & Means Committee. CMS is responsible for setting up the federal marketplace for insurance exchanges and the Medicaid expansion. Rep. Fred Upton chairs the committee and Rep. Henry Waxman serves as Ranking...
  • After Months of Obstruction, Congress to Hear From Key IRS Official

    10/08/2013 7:48:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | October 7, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Sarah Hall Ingram, the former commissioner of the IRS department tied to the inappropriate targeting of conservative nonprofits, and who is now running the IRS office responsible for implementing Obamacare, will finally testify before Congress this week, following repeated efforts to prevent Republicans from questioning her. “Although the Committee has requested several times that Ms. Ingram speak on the record about the operation implementation of ObamaCare, until this hearing, the IRS had refused to allow her to do so,” committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) wrote in a letter to ranking member Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) on Monday. The letter...
  • EU lawmakers back central bank oversight

    09/12/2013 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2013 8:03 AM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European lawmakers approved legislation Thursday establishing a new, centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks, marking what is considered a key step toward stabilizing the bloc’s financial system. The centralized bank supervision authority, which will be anchored by the European Central Bank, will be up and running next year following a thorough stress test of banks’ balance sheets. The so-called single supervisory mechanism is the first of three pillars of the bloc’s planned banking union, the cornerstone of efforts to turn the tide on the 17-nation eurozone’s three-year-old debt crisis. Its goal is to make supervision and rescue of banks the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 28, 2013-- oversight

    08/28/2013 4:53:42 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 28, 2013-- oversight ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". oversight [oh-ver-sahyt]hear it pronouncednoun 1. an omission or error due to carelessness: My bank statement is full of oversights. 2. unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention: Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned. 3. supervision; watchful care: a person responsible for the oversight of the organization. Although this is an everyday word, it is one which has essentially...
  • Obama Picks Cass Sunstein, America’s Joseph Goebbels, To Serve On NSA Oversight Panel

    08/25/2013 8:16:19 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 58 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 08/25/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The Washington Post wrote the following a couple of days ago: The Obama administration is reportedly proposing Cass Sunstein as a member of a panel to review the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), among other former White House and intelligence staffers. Sunstein was the head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs until last year, when he returned to teaching at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard in 2008, Sunstein co-authored a working paper that suggests government agents or their allies “cognitively infiltrate” conspiracy theorist groups by joining ”chat rooms, online social networks or...
  • Oversight Committee: Administration Withheld Obamacare Documents; Committee leaders threaten

    08/15/2013 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/15/13 | Andrew Evans
    The House Oversight Committee slammed the Treasury Department on Thursday for withholding documents related to the committee’s investigation of the administration’s expansion of subsidies in the Obamacare exchanges. Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Health Care Subcommittee chairman James Lankford (R., Penn.) threatened in their letter to use legal force against the department if it does not turn over the documents by Aug. 29. The committee has been investigating for over a year the administration’s decision to expand subsidies to the federally run health insurance exchanges mandated by Obamacare. The 2010 law creates subsidies for insurance purchased on...
  • Members of Congress denied access to basic information about NSA

    08/05/2013 10:48:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 Aug 13 | Glenn Greenwald
    <p>Members of Congress have been repeatedly thwarted when attempting to learn basic information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the secret FISA court which authorizes its activities, documents provided by two House members demonstrate.</p> <p>From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency's defenders have insisted that Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. "These programs are subject to congressional oversight and congressional reauthorization and congressional debate," President Obama said the day after the first story on NSA bulk collection of phone records was published in this space. "And if there are members of Congress who feel differently, then they should speak up."</p>
  • Breaking: Issa Subpoenas Treasury Secretary Lew For IMPEDING IRS Targeting Investigation (Video)

    08/03/2013 6:41:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subpoenaed Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for withholding documentation from Congress in the ongoing IRS Tea Party Scandal investigation. The Oversight Committee accuses the Obama Administration of impeding and obstructing the investigation. “During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal. While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter… the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate,...

    07/12/2012 5:35:26 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 10 replies ^ | July 12, 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    YOU COULDN'T WRITE THIS AS FICTION POSTED BY ANN BARNHARDT - JULY 12, AD 2012 11:01 AM MST So, just when you thought that the NFA's criminal failure in auditing oversight and due diligence couldn't get any worse, we find out that PFG's accountant/auditor was some gal doing business out of her house in a lower-middle class residential neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Here is the Chicago Tribune story. Behold the global headquarters of Veraja-Snelling Company, which is just some gal named Jeannie Veraja-Snelling working out of her house in Glendale Heights, Illinois.
  • Hearing on: Oversight of the United States Department of Justice (link to webcast)

    06/07/2012 9:36:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Judiciary.House ^ | 6/7/12 | Committee Website
    Hearing Information Hearing on: Oversight of the United States Department of Justice Thursday 6/7/2012 - 9:30 a.m. 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Full Committee By Direction of the Chairman Hearing Documentation Watch Webcast Related News Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Full Committee Hearing Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Born in Kenya': Obama's Literary Agent Misidentified His Birthplace in 1991(Utter BS!)

    05/18/2012 5:42:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 17, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    A possible source of the so-called "birther" issue--or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama--has been identified. Obama's former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991. According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of...
  • Key Republican: JPMorgan $2B loss raises questions

    05/16/2012 11:33:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 16, 2012 5:48 PM ET | Marcy Gordon
    A key House Republican says the $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase raises critical questions about how banks control their risks. But Republican lawmakers rejected calls from Democrats for stricter regulation. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, noted the loss during a hearing about how best to regulate banks big enough to bring down the broader financial system. Lawmakers said a firm's character should count when regulators determine if they are "systemically important financial institutions." Such a designation would subject them to a stricter level of oversight. The panel's hearing on a key...
  • Coburn: Congress shirking oversight duties

    11/16/2011 1:08:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Congress has punted on doing the kind of scrutiny of federal agencies that’s required to prevent waste and keep the government running smoothly, according to a new report by Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who serves as the institution’s unofficial watchdog. Mr. Coburn said the drop in oversight comes even as Congress is contemplating significant cuts to the Government Accountability Office, which is the investigative arm of Congress and is the one agency that’s kept up its pace of scrutiny. “Long-term trends show a sharp decline in congressional oversight,” Mr Coburn said. “The problem, however, has not been a...
  • Oversight launches website to save USPS, counts down to postal service default

    09/01/2011 7:40:54 AM PDT · by martosko · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/01/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said that the United States Postal Service will default on its obligations to the federal government on September 30, at the end of the current fiscal year. Now the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched a website to educate the public about the Postal Service’s financial troubles and some possible solutions. The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in the last fiscal year. Oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, Republican from California, and other committee members have said the result will likely be a taxpayer bailout.
  • House Oversight Chairman Widens Probe Into CAFE Standards Deal

    08/14/2011 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/14/11 | John McCArdle
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday expanded its investigation into the negotiations that led to newly announced vehicle fuel economy standards, charging that the White House worked out a secret deal that was outside the scope of the law. In a letter (pdf) to White House legal counsel Kathryn Ruemmler yesterday, Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) also said he was concerned that the new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and vehicle greenhouse gas standards that President Obama spent much of the past two weeks touting would increase vehicle costs for consumers and negatively affect safety standards.
  • Live Feed from the Committee Oversight and Government Reform (Gunwalker hearings)

    07/26/2011 11:25:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ^ | 7/26/11 | US Congress Comittee
    Live feed.
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: A Watergate For Obama?

    07/13/2011 4:21:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 13, 2011 | Staff
    Border: A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying "the president has directed us," including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed. This tape has no 18-minute gap, and while it does not feature the president himself, the March 24, 2009, video may rival the tape that turned a "third-rate burglary" into a presidential resignation. No one died at Watergate. Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the administration's obsessive pursuit of gun control. In addition to Agent Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed in...
  • Oversight Reveals New Details on Deady Gunrunner Investigation [FOX video]

    07/07/2011 8:17:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | 6 July 2011 | oversightandreform
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, discusses new details of the deadly, failed Operation Fast and Furious, along with William La Jeunesse on Fox News. July 6, 2011
  • House Oversight Democrat says he will advise administration not to testify before committee

    06/03/2011 2:43:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/03/11 | C.j. Ciaramella
    House Oversight Democrat says he will advise administration not to testify before committeeC.j. Ciaramella – 30 mins ago Democrats in the House Oversight Committee are in full revolt against Republican Chairman Darrell Issa, so much that one Democrat said he will urge members of the Obama administration not to testify before the committee. Today during a meeting of the technology subcommittee, Democrat Gerald Connolly said, “I’m going to advise the [Obama] administration to decline all requests by the Majority to testify before this Subcommittee and the full committee until this matter is resolved.” **SNIP** Democrats object to Issa’s interpretation of...
  • Obama snubs Issa on subpoena for ATF documents

    04/20/2011 1:53:39 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/20/2011 | Jonathan Strong
    For the first time since Republicans took control of the House and gained the power of congressional subpoena, the Obama administration has declined to comply with a subpoena issued by top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa. In the face of a subpoena by Issa, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provided no documents by the April 13 deadline, according to an April 20 letter from Issa to ATF’s director, Kenneth Melson. Issa is threatening contempt proceedings if ATF does not comply. At issue are documents related to Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, in which...
  • House Investigates Trial Lawyers Who Ran Crisis Probe

    04/08/2011 9:01:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/8/11 | IBD
    The powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expanding its investigation of possible ethics violations by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, including improper "backdoor communications" between the panel and trial lawyers suing major banks over subprime investments, IBD has learned. The Democrat-appointed commission, tasked with examining the "root causes" of the crisis, used its subpoena power to extract millions of pages of confidential memos and emails from banks. Those documents were posted on the Web and are now being used in major litigation against these banks. Some documents posted on the FCIC site include correspondence with federal regulators that...
  • Top lawmaker(Issa)protests 'whistle-blower' demotion(Obama Pols interfering w/requested fed records)

    03/18/2011 12:58:23 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:51 p.m. MDT | Ted Bridis
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican warned the Obama administration on Thursday about demoting a federal worker who complained to her agency's internal watchdog that political appointees were interfering with records requests by journalists and others. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the demotion at the Department of Homeland Security "appeared to be an act of retaliation." The committee is investigating the political reviews of records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. "Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime," said Issa, R-Calif. The department said it had done nothing wrong. -snip-...
  • Comedy central: Waxman whacks 'fishing expeditions'

    02/07/2011 2:27:05 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 6, 2011 | Editorial
    There have been some real characters elected to Congress over the years. Davy Crockett, for instance, served one term in the House of Representatives, then told his constituents to go to hell and headed for Texas where he died defending the Alamo and became an American icon. And who could ever forget those delightful violin concertos delivered so frequently by Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia? Fortunately, the current Congress is not without its share of fascinating personalities. Take Rep. Henry Waxman, the California Democrat who must be moonlighting at the Comedy Club. Seems he had folks rolling in the...
  • House Dem says Oversight panel on healthcare law 'fishing expedition' (Waxman on waivers probe)

    02/04/2011 4:09:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/03/11 | Jason Millman
    House Dem says Oversight panel on healthcare law 'fishing expedition'By Jason Millman - 02/03/11 12:35 PM ET The ranking Democrat on a powerful House committee is accusing the new Republican leadership of abusing its investigatory powers after they launched several investigations into the new healthcare reform law. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said he supports oversight, but believes the Republican efforts on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are politically motivated and probe too deep. “I do not believe your oversight powers justify going on fishing expeditions or making extensive requests for internal e-mails and other communications where there is no...
  • Reps. Issa, Cummings to meet on Oversight agenda after public sparring

    01/24/2011 8:39:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/11 | Susan Crabtree
    Reps. Issa, Cummings to meet on Oversight agenda after public sparringBy Susan Crabtree - 01/24/11 10:50 AM ET The top Republican and Democrat on the House oversight panel, who have sparred publicly in the opening days of the 112th Congress over the committee’s investigative agenda and approach, are meeting Monday morning to discuss their differences. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Elijiah Cummings (D-Md.) were expected to meet at 10:30 a.m. to hash out Issa’s plans for the panel — a day before the panel’s first organizational meeting and after Issa and Cummings have traded early hostile fire. It remains...
  • Oversight panel starts probe into FOIA screening at Homeland Security

    01/17/2011 8:11:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    hot air ^ | 1/17/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have started to make good on their promises to conduct stringent oversight of the Obama administration right from the start. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has requested information from the Department of Homeland Security over a reported practice of investigating the politics of those seeking government records through Freedom of Information Act requests: A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of InformationAct requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press. The...
  • Darrell Issa and John Boehner Announce Release of Broadcast-Quality Oversight Hearing Videos

    01/14/2011 10:33:31 AM PST · by Libloather
    RNC ^ | 1/11/11
    Darrell Issa and John Boehner Announce Release of Broadcast-Quality Oversight Hearing VideosTuesday, January 11, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and House Speaker John Boehner announced the release of broadcast-quality Oversight hearing videos going back to the beginning of 2009, moving to fulfill the Pledge to America’s commitment to a more transparent and accountable government. Going forward, HD videos of Oversight Committee hearings, presented in partnership with YouTube, will be available at “Oversight in HD is part of our mission is to shape a government where you can see – hassle free – what Washington...
  • Darrell Issa reveals list of investigations

    01/03/2011 5:14:08 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | January 02, 2011 | JAKE SHERMAN
    Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress. According to an outline of the committee’s hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform is also planning to investigate how regulation impacts job creation, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the...
  • Cummings wants agreement between Issa and White House

    01/03/2011 1:37:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/3/11 | Michael O'Brien
    The Democrat set to face off against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on the House Oversight panel suggested brokering an agreement between Issa and the Obama administration on the public release of sensitive information to congressional investigators. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the incoming ranking member of the committee, said it might be possible to negotiate a compromise that would avoid exposing national security secrets or other privileged information. "I think that Mr. Issa and I should sit down and try to figure this out. Make sure the country isn't being threatened," Cummings said on Monday during an appearance on MSNBC.
  • Holder Urges GOP Oversight To Focus On "Substance," Not "Politically Attractive" Things

    01/01/2011 10:52:06 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 129 replies ^ | December 15, 2010 | Mike Levine
    Holder Urges GOP Oversight To Focus On "Substance," Not "Politically Attractive" Things; Incoming Chairman Vows "Fair" Oversight As House Republicans weigh how to spend their time after taking power of the oversight committees in January, Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged the committee overseeing his department to "focus on things that are not going to be politically attractive but will be of substance." Before November's mid-term elections, Republicans on Capitol Hill promised to investigate allegations by two attorneys -- one currently with the Justice Department -- that the department's Civil Rights Division is "hostile" toward "race-neutral enforcement" of voting...
  • The 2011 Congressional Agenda

    01/01/2011 3:55:53 AM PST · by Scanian
    The American Thinker ^ | January 01, 2011 | Elise Cooper
    The year 2011 is noteworthy since it will be the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a year when the Republicans will gain control of the House and have a strong say in the Senate. American Thinker interviewed some influential Congressmen and former CIA officials to gain insight on what can be expected in 2011. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the newly appointed Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wants to challenge and review the status quo presented by the Obama Administration by asking the hard questions through public and closed door hearings. He is going to make sure...
  • when obamanation regime attacks computer sites (FP), what can I do to keep in touch?

    12/27/2010 8:28:08 PM PST · by bareford101 · 48 replies · 2+ views
    12/27/10 | self
    Anyone have any suggestions? Would a CB radio be good? What else would work in case of a crack-down on right-minded people?
  • GOP's Darrell Issa Plans Hundreds of Oversight Hearings (Seven a week for 40 weeks)

    11/09/2010 10:59:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/09/10 | Lucy Madison
    GOP's Darrell Issa Plans Hundreds of Oversight HearingsPosted by Lucy Madison November 9, 2010 12:00 PM California Rep. Darrell Issa plans to greatly expand the scope of federal oversight upon his likely election to chair the oversight committee in the new Congress, he told Politico in an interview. "I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks," Issa said. Issa's election to chair the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform would herald a significant increase in the committee's activity, and not just from the past two years. California Rep. Henry Waxman, the committee's Democratic chair during the final two...
  • Biden Postpones Stimulus Oversight Meeting

    11/08/2010 1:20:55 PM PST · by CaroleL · 6 replies ^ | 11/08/10 | CaroleL
    We now have the first sign that the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives will be holding the Obama administration accountable for it's over the top spending and hard to believe statistics. We also have the first sign of how the administration will react. Incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) scheduled a meeting for today with Vice President Joe Biden, who oversees the administration's stimulus effort, to discuss accountability with regard to the $800+ billion stimulus bill and Mr. Biden has now postponed that meeting.