House Oversight Committee to bring Lois Lerner back to testify on IRS scandal

by Jason Pye | House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has put Lois Lerner, a disgraced former IRS official, on notice that she’ll be called back to testify about the powerful tax agency’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups. “Ms Lerner’s testimony remains critical to the Committee’s investigation,” wrote Issa in a letter to William Taylor, […]

Investigator: FDA tracked employees online

By Phillip Swarts | The Washington Times The Food and Drug Administration monitored employees’ activities online without ever considering the legality of the surveillance, a federal investigator said Wednesday. The report says the FDA never fully assessed whether its surveillance violated employee rights and didn’t seek legal counsel on the issue, which drew criticism from Republican lawmakers. “The misconduct that we’re looking […]

Federal IT Reform Bill Passes House

William Welsh | Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, cosponsored the bill with Subcommittee on Government Operations ranking member Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). “Good software saves billions of dollars and countless lives and countless hours if it works,” Issa said in a statement. “Bad or poorly done software can frustrate the American public and […]

Congressman urged water policy changes at annual Republican fund raiser

Anne Stegen| BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – It was not only a night to celebrate the country’s first Republican president, but Wednesday was a night to celebrate local Republicans as well. Republicans hosted their Kern County Lincoln Day dinner. The night’s key note speaker was Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairperson of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Before […]

Issa calls on GOP to reframe debate against Obama’s ‘imperial presidency’

BY STEVE PEOPLES, ASSOCIATED PRESS MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican congressman spearheading investigations of President Barack Obama’s administration by the GOP-run House urged his party Tuesday to unite against Obama’s “imperial presidency”. At the same time, Rep. Darrell Issa of California questioned former the leadership abilities of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Issa heads […]

Darrell Issa investigating White House political office

BY MEGHASHYAM MALI | House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is launching an investigation into the White House’s decision to reopen its political office. The White House announced it was reopening its political office — renamed the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach — last month to better coordinate with Democrats and aid the party’s candidates […]

O-Care will cost 2.5M workers by 2024

By Erik Wasson | The new healthcare law will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in a report released Tuesday. The nonpartisan agency found the reform law’s negative effects on employment would be “substantially larger” than what it had previously anticipated. It said […]

Justice Dept. denies briefing Obama on IRS targeting

President dismissed any ‘corruption’ in scandal By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times The Justice Department said Tuesday that nobody briefed President Obama on its investigation of the IRS ahead of his statement Sunday that there was no evidence of corruption in the tax agency’s targeting of tea party groups. “Generally, we do not brief elected officials,” […]