News from Representative Chaffetz
United States Congressman Jason Chaffetz - Utah's 3rd Congressional District
Home     |      Contact Me     |      Media Center     |      Legislation     |      Visit DC

Reform bills go to the President's desk

The whole purpose of oversight and investigations is to drive proper government reforms. Reforms prevent waste, fraud and abuse from being repeated.

On Saturday, the Senate approved a package of House Oversight Committee reforms and sent them to the President's desk for signature.  Among those reforms were my FBI Whistleblower protection bill (see my floor speech on the bill below) and my Inspector General Empowerment Act.  

FBI Whistleblowers currently enjoy fewer protections than other federal employees.  My bill provides more protection so whistleblowers can feel safe sharing their concerns with Congress.  The second bill removes unnecessary obstacles designed to thwart the oversight process and clears a path toward greater openness and transparency.

In addition, my bill reforming Secret Service overtime pay policies passed the House in pro forma session yesterday and now goes to the President's desk.


For a list of other reforms now awaiting the President's signature, click here.  


Aesthetics over security?

Under the Obama Administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton changed the way we design and construct U.S. embassies around the world.Through the Design Excellence Program, art and design are prioritized over security, causing the price tag for new US embassy compounds to soar.

Our investigation found embassy construction is less secure, grossly over budget, and significantly delayed. I detailed some of the most egregious examples in this interview with CBS News:

Sexual harassment cannot be tolerated

After our committee exposed sexual harassment at the National Park Service earlier this year, we heard from more whistleblowers from more agencies.  Last week we heard from a witness at the U.S. Forest Service who not only suffered abuse from her perpetrator, but was mistreated by her agency.  Sexual harassment at any agency is unacceptable.  

Rep. Trey Gowdy calls US Forest Service witness on the carpet over the agency's handling of sexual abuse claims.
 


Chairman Chaffetz closing remarks on gender discrimination.

Staff Changes

Please welcome my new Chief of Staff, Amber Talley and my new Legislative Director, Clay White.  I have every confidence in Amber and Clay. They have each played an integral role in our office and have earned these new responsibilities. Amber’s deep policy knowledge, decisive nature, and collaborative approach make her an ideal candidate for the Chief of Staff role. From his early days as an intern in our Provo office, Clay distinguished himself as a hard worker with a quick grasp of complex issues.

It has been my pleasure to work with Chief of Staff Fred Ferguson over the past eight years and to watch him work his way from staff assistant to Chief of Staff. His work ethic, leadership, and ability to connect with people have made him a valuable asset to our office.

         Amber Talley                                Clay White 

Tweet of the Week


First we'll make snow angels for two hours, and then we'll go ice-skating, and then we'll go eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle #tbt #Elf #2008 @realdonaldtrump @mittromney
9 Dec 2016
 

Recommended Reading

Rumors point toward possible December 23 designation. Anxiety builds over possible national monumentSan Juan Record, 12/13/16

New law would increase survivor benefits for fallen Guardsmen and reservistsWashington Examiner, 12/9/16

Chaffetz praises inclusion of civil service reforms in NDAA, Chaffetz.house.gov, 12/8/16

GOP Readies Cuts to Federal Workforce Under Trump, Roll Call, 12/6/16

Utah’s Bishop asks Trump to consider revoking national monuments, Salt Lake Tribune, 12/5/16

Sidelined federal workers used to get paid indefinitely. Congress just capped it at 10 days, Washington Post, 12/9/16

Committee requests information on Pentagon's $125 Billion in Waste, House Oversight Committee, 12/8/16


        
Washington, DC Office
2236 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7751
Hours: M-F 9AM-6PM EST
Provo District Office
51 S University Ave.
Suite 318
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: (801) 851-2500
Unsubscribe  |  Privacy Policy