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Powerful chairman of federal workforce committee leaves Congress on Friday
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Washington Post - Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will leave a legacy when he quits Congress at 10 a.m. Friday, but we might not have his mug to remind us. If incoming Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) does as Chaffetz did, portraits of past chairmen will not decorate the committee’s hearing room. Chaffetz ended that long-standing practice, also followed by other committees, when he took over one of the most powerful panels in 2015, optin... Read more

Chaffetz Statement on Resignation of Dept. of Ed. Chief Operating Officer
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced the resignation of James Runcie, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Federal Student Aid (FSA), who was invited to testify at a Committee hearing on improper payments tomorrow. “It is disappointing Mr. Runcie would rather resign than testify before Congress. Under his leadership federal student aid systems are ... Read more

Grassley, Chaffetz Blast HHS Memo Instructing Employees to Disclose when they Communicate with Congress
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House Oversight Committee - After obtaining an internal memo sent from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instructing employees to inform the agency before communicating independently with Congress, congressional leaders sent a letter to Secretary Tom Price criticizing the memo as potentially illegal and unconstitutional. The letter, sent by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT),... Read more

Chaffetz and Hatch Introduce Navajo Water Settlement Legislation
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Senator Orrin Hatch introduced legislation to create a negotiated settlement between the state of Utah and the Utah Navajo Nation (the Nation) over water rights claims on the Colorado River. Last Congress, after thirteen years of deliberation, a federal negotiations team review, and the Navajo Nation Council's sign-off, the nation and the state came to an agreement that established a shared commitment to resolving reserved water rights claims thro... Read more

Chaffetz demands information from FEMA over failed flood recovery efforts
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting documents regarding flood recovery efforts and a death resulting from a possible faulty Mobile Home Unit (MHU). Recently, committee staff returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to continue oversight of the recovery efforts. After meeting with government officials, survivors, and businesses, staff discovered vario... Read more

Chaffetz requests information on ATF undercover operations
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requesting documents and a briefing on management of informant programs and undercover operations. New allegations surfaced in The New York Times, of an operation purportedly run by ATF informants, but “not authorized under Justice Department rules,” through which the informants trafficked cigarettes and p... Read more

Chaffetz probes White House's handling of sensitive information
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asking for answers relating to widespread reports that sensitive information may have been shared or discussed in a common area at Mar-a-Lago. The letter states: “Accounts and photographs from other diners seem to indicate these communications occurred in the presence of other guests. Reportedly, documents were provided by wh... Read more

Chaffetz Statement on Director Clancy's Retirement
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House Oversight Committee - “I encourage President Trump to appoint a director from outside the agency” WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy announced his retirement. “I appreciate Director Clancy’s dedicated service to this country. He took on the difficult task of returning to and taking over an agency plagued with mismanagement, misconduct, and security lapses. Under his l... Read more

House panel displays bipartisan unity over bill to save Postal Service from financial ruin
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Washington Post - There have been days when 2157 Rayburn House Office Building had the feel of a boxing match. It’s the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room where Republicans and Democrats have been known to go at each other with vehemence. That wasn’t the case Tuesday. Members on each side of the dais went out of their way to praise representatives from both parties for work on legislation designed to save the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from financial ruin. For more years than c... Read more

Chaffetz, Cummings, Meadows Legislation Empowering Inspectors General Signed into Law
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House Oversight Committee - Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement after President Obama signed H.R. 6450, the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016, into law. "We're pleased to see this bill become a reality. This bipartisan legislation will help inspectors general root out waste, fraud, and abuse, and it ... Read more