OP-EDs


June 20, 2014
DATA Act roots out abuse

The DATA Act is a major bipartisan accomplishment, a technological leap for government, and one of the most significant government transparency bills to pass Congress. It gives lawmakers and watchdog groups powerful tools to identify, and root out, fraud, waste and abuse.

June 17, 2014
Federal bureaucrats go after tree trimmer

Federal bureaucrats too often escape prosecution for willful and egregious abuses of public trust: accepting thousands in illegal gifts from lobbyists, consistently lying on timesheets to collect a bigger salary, operating private businesses from their cubicle, and spending outrageous sums of taxpayer money on extravagant conventions in Las Vegas. But private citizens who find themselves on the wrong side of a regulation enforced by one of these bureaucrats may not be so lucky.

April 29, 2014
A digital revolution in government spending

The democratic character of self government rests on the people’s right to know how their government spends the tax dollars it takes from them.  As government has exponentially grown, accountability has eroded – but technology can reverse this troubling trend with the passage of bipartisan legislation called the DATA Act….

April 2, 2014
ATF needs to get its act together

In 2011, B. Todd Jones took over as head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  (ATF) – first as Acting Director and later as Director.  The Bureau was in need of new leadership in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious, and his mission was to…

March 26, 2014
Sunshine Week illuminates need for FOIA reform

Six years into what President Obama had pledged would be “the most transparent administration in history,” transparency advocates are giving the president mixed reviews. Last week, lawmakers, reporters, and government watchdog organizations on both sides of the aisle came together for Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government transparency laws…

January 7, 2014
Another View: There is plenty of evidence that an al-Qaida affiliate was involved in Benghazi attack

With a New York Times story on the Benghazi terrorist attack fresh off the press, The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board quickly took issue with a factual assertion I have made many times and repeated the morning the story ran: “There was a group that was involved that claims an affiliation with al-Qaida.”…

December 15, 2013
Pete Sessions and Darrell Issa: Who are these Obamacare navigators?

To help the American people navigate the onerous and confusing requirements of signing up for Obamacare exchanges, the administration spent millions of taxpayer dollars to create the navigator program. Disturbingly, news reports from the last four weeks have highlighted numerous examples of fraudulent activity related to health navigators in Texas….

August 6, 2013
The IRS Scandal’s Inconsistencies

By Darrell Issa and Dave Camp Just three months ago, Lois G. Lerner, a senior official in the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, publicly admitted that the agency targeted taxpayers because of their political beliefs. Until that point, despite years of inquiries from Congress, the IRS had continued to deny that it was targeting taxpayers,…

April 16, 2013
Make Cybersecurity a Top Priority

Issa and Cummings: Our bipartisan legislation will address the shortcomings of FISMA by incorporating recent technological innovations. It will also enhance and strengthen the current framework that protects federal information technology systems.

December 28, 2012
Washington Spenders Flunk Basic Math

Issa: Raising Taxes Won’t Avoid Fiscal Cliff. This isn’t about fairness and unfairness. It’s about taxing and spending, and the federal government has spent enough.