Lerner email: Some in GOP ‘crazies’

By Rachael Bade | politico.com Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refers to some Republicans as “a—holes” and “crazies” in an exchange from 2012, according to emails released by House Republicans on Wednesday. “Maybe we are through if there are that many a—holes,” the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division wrote in an exchange with an unnamed non-IRS […]

Gun Retailers, payday lenders out of Choke Point’s crosschairs

Kelly Riddell | Washington Times Gun Retailers, payday lenders out of Choke Point’s crosschairs The FDIC has been helping the Department of Justice run “Operation Choke Point,” which is intended to combat online fraud by cutting off fraudsters’ access to payment systems. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, has said the effect […]

Social Security spent $300M on ‘IT boondoggle’

Associated Press – FoxNews.com WASHINGTON –  Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according […]

Issa: What I Learned During My Central America Visit

By: Chris Jennewein | Times of San Diego After leading a bi-partisan House delegation to Central America last weekend, Rep.Darrell Issa (R-49) said Tuesday he learned the current immigration crisis is caused by poverty and misunderstanding in the region and the U.S. must take action to stop the flow. Issa and members of his Oversight and Government Reform Committee visited El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from Thursday to Sunday […]

IRS: Lerner emails may exist after all

By: Bernie Becker | The Hill But Kane, the top IRS official in charge of producing documents for Congress, said on Thursday that: “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it or there isn’t. I know that there’s an issue out there about it.” “It’s an issue that’s being looked […]

Issa questions involvement of trial lawyers in FDA rule change

By: Tom Howell | The Washington Times House investigators suspect the Obama administration catered to trial lawyers in the run-up to a proposal that would allow generic drug makers at times to change their labels without FDA approval. Digging into the matter, skeptical Republicans asked the agency in writing last week how they settled on the plan, […]

Issa keeps up pressure on W.H.

By: Lauren French | Politico California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa sent a letter Friday to the White House offering David Simas, the director of the Obama administration’s political office, a second chance to testify on that office’s work. “Mr. Simas’ failure to appear, despite having been compelled to do so by a lawfully issued supoena, […]

Issa, Bi-Partisan Group Introduce ‘Wi-Fi Innovation Act’

By: Chris Jennewein | Times of San Diego Rep. Darrell Issa and a bi-partisan group of three other members of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to improve allocation of the radio-frequency spectrum used for wi-fi, Bluetooth and similar technologies. Issa joined Bob Latta (R-OH), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) in introducing the bill, which directs the Federal Communications Commission to conduct tests within the 5 GHz spectrum band […]

Issa slams White House over aide’s defiance of subpoena

FoxNews.com The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee attacked the Obama administration late Tuesday after the White House said a top political aide to the president would defy a subpoena and not appear at a hearing investigating the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. The White House argued that David […]

When the IRS Does It, It’s Not illegal

By Rep. Darrell Issa | timesofsandiego.com Imagine being audited by the Internal Revenue Service: you do not have two years of records because your computer crashed; you could have retrieved many from a backup, but you had decided it was too expensive. Too late for regrets now — you threw away your computer months ago. On […]