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Ryan Lizza has a must-read profile of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the House Oversight Committee chairman who called the Obama administration the most corrupt in history.

Issa has, “among other things, been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building.”

Explained Issa: “Everyone has a past.”

In fact, Issa “seems chastened by all the legal and journalistic investigations of his own complicated past. If one believes his version of events, he has been unfairly accused of several crimes, and has long had to live under a cloud of suspicion. It seems possible that Obama won’t be tormented by his chief prosecutor in the House. Perhaps Issa’s experience will lead to investigations that are careful and serious, and avoid the warfare that has characterized the Oversight Committee in recent decades.”
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Politco obtained a list of hearing topics planned by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in the next few months, which includes “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 causes of the market meltdown.”

“This sweeping and specific hearing agenda shows that Issa plans to cut a wide swath as chairman, latching onto hot button issues that could make his committee the center of attention in the opening months of the 112th Congress.”

In an interview yesterday, the Washington Post notes Issa reiterated that President Obama heads “one of the most corrupt administrations” in history.
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will be a busy man when the 112th Congress is sworn in-he’s the incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman. His first target? The thuggish GAO report on career colleges I’ve been covering for the past month.

From Big Government:

A bipartisan group of six Congressional lawmakers asked Wednesday the Government Accountability Office to reexamine its report on the for-profit education industry. The agency sent undercover applicants to some of these schools. The undercover investigators claim to have been misled on costs, job placement and future earnings.

In a letter to GAO comptroller Gene Dodaro, California Rep. Darrell Issa lectured the congressional watchdog on its charge to provide objective, factual and nonideological reports. In this instance, the incoming chairman of the House oversight committee said, “GAO has not met its own high standards.”

After releasing in August a sensational report on the alleged abuses within the career college community, GAO acknowledged earlier this month it had heavily revised portions of its findings, changing wrongfully attributed comments and lessening its charges of deception.

Issa wants to know if the GAO has investigated the failings in its initial report and if its office of general counsel had concluded the revised report accurately reflects the analysis contained therein.

Also signing Issa’s letter were fellow members of Congress John Kline (R-MN), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), and Glenn Thompson (D-PA).

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To Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will be the ranking Democrat on Oversight:

Throughout the Bush Administration, Congressman Cummings was one of the most vocal members of the Congress in highlighting the need for vigorous oversight of the executive branch and the federal bureaucracy. I have no doubt that Elijah will continue to champion the cause of oversight and reform in government and work in concert with Committee Republicans to root out the waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement that has become institutionalized in the federal government.

(h/t Charlie Mahtesian)





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At least a dozen likely and preferred targets of investigations.
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After ACORN’s demise, you might have thought that if if the GOP takes the House and Rep. Darrell Issa becomes the new chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the California Republican would have better things to worry about. You’d be wrong.

Last week, Issa issued a blueprint for his agenda titled “A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch.” Among the issues he chastised the Democratic leadership for not addressing: the fraud he says was committed by the community organizing group ACORN.

A spokesman for Issa said that ACORN had already been addressed in a bipartisan way in Congress, but left open the possibility that Issa could address the “other entities that ACORN morphed into.” The Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development addressed such a group in a report issued at Issa’s request last week.

Some media coverage has indicated that Issa plans to go subpoena crazy. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) even said that Issa would be “issuing subpoenas everywhere” which he said “will define the next two years of the president’s administration. The White House will be full-time responding to subpoenas about where the president may or may not have been born, whether his mother and father were ever married, and whether his wife’s family is from Georgetown or Sampit.”

But according to spokesman Kurt Bardella, that’s not true.

“Despite what some Democrats say - the notion that we’re prepared to embark on an epic subpoena-led politically-motivated investigatory effort is just wrong and nothing Issa has said even hints at that,” Bardella told TPMMuckraker in an e-mail.

Bardella specifically criticized Clyburn, who he said lied that Issa would make President Obama’s birthplace a topic for the committee.

“Where he got that impression is beyond me, maybe it was from a sock-puppet but Darrell has NEVER even hinted that that was something he was interested in — it’s not — it’s a moot issue as Congress voted without any opposing vote on language that recognized that the President was born in Hawaii,” Bardella said. “That’s a legally binding resolution. How could he investigate something he acknowledged wasn’t an issue - he voted for the resolution.”

Issues Issa would address range from the more serious — like giving Inspector Generals subpoena power — to what critics say are the less-so-serious issues, like investigating the “Climate-Gate” controversy.

Bardella emphasized that issues like the FDA’s effectiveness (“especially in light of the salmonella outbreak and the Johnson & Johnson recalls”), Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s roles in the sub-prime crisis, health care reform (“Not repealing it, that’s not our job or jurisdiction but rather the implementation of it”), data transparency and postal reform would all be on the docket if Issa were in control of the committee.

“The unparalleled encroachment of the federal government in the private sector and the lives of individual Americans that began during the Bush Administration and continues in the Obama Administration… has led to concerns of an oncoming tsunami of opacity, waste, fraud, and abuse,” Issa’s report says. “This trend must be met by vigorous Congressional oversight of the massive federal bureaucracy.”

“A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch” is embedded below.

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After ACORN’s demise, you might have thought that if if the GOP takes the House and Rep. Darrell Issa becomes the new chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the California Republican would have better things to worry about. You’d be wrong.

Last week, Issa issued a blueprint for his agenda titled “A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch.” Among the issues he chastised the Democratic leadership for not addressing: the fraud he says was committed by the community organizing group ACORN.

A spokesman for Issa said that ACORN had already been addressed in a bipartisan way in Congress, but left open the possibility that Issa could address the “other entities that ACORN morphed into.” The Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development addressed such a group in a report issued at Issa’s request last week.

Some media coverage has indicated that Issa plans to go subpoena crazy. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) even said that Issa would be “issuing subpoenas everywhere” which he said “will define the next two years of the president’s administration. The White House will be full-time responding to subpoenas about where the president may or may not have been born, whether his mother and father were ever married, and whether his wife’s family is from Georgetown or Sampit.”

But according to spokesman Kurt Bardella, that’s not true.

“Despite what some Democrats say - the notion that we’re prepared to embark on an epic subpoena-led politically-motivated investigatory effort is just wrong and nothing Issa has said even hints at that,” Bardella told TPMMuckraker in an e-mail.

Bardella specifically criticized Clyburn, who he said lied that Issa would make President Obama’s birthplace a topic for the committee.

“Where he got that impression is beyond me, maybe it was from a sock-puppet but Darrell has NEVER even hinted that that was something he was interested in — it’s not — it’s a moot issue as Congress voted without any opposing vote on language that recognized that the President was born in Hawaii,” Bardella said. “That’s a legally binding resolution. How could he investigate something he acknowledged wasn’t an issue - he voted for the resolution.”

Issues Issa would address range from the more serious — like giving Inspector Generals subpoena power — to what critics say are the less-so-serious issues, like investigating the “Climate-Gate” controversy.

Bardella emphasized that issues like the FDA’s effectiveness (“especially in light of the salmonella outbreak and the Johnson & Johnson recalls”), Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s roles in the sub-prime crisis, health care reform (“Not repealing it, that’s not our job or jurisdiction but rather the implementation of it”), data transparency and postal reform would all be on the docket if Issa were in control of the committee.

“The unparalleled encroachment of the federal government in the private sector and the lives of individual Americans that began during the Bush Administration and continues in the Obama Administration… has led to concerns of an oncoming tsunami of opacity, waste, fraud, and abuse,” Issa’s report says. “This trend must be met by vigorous Congressional oversight of the massive federal bureaucracy.”

“A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch” is embedded below.

Committee Oversight Gov Reform Doc









Darrell Issa - United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Republican - United States - White House


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