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Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the new Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today announced the leaders of its seven subcommittees — some of which are new or were reorganized.

Freshman Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., will be chairman of the federal work force, Postal Service and labor policy subcommittee. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah was the ranking Republican on that subcommittee’s predecessor last session, but he will now chair the national security, homeland defense and foreign operations subcommittee.

Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., will head the government organization, efficiency and financial management subcommittee, and Rep. Try Gowdy, R-S.C., will oversee the health care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives subcommittee.

Two new subcommittees will dig into two of Issa’s major concerns. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will look into the Troubled Assets Relief Program and other bailouts, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, will oversee stimulus oversight.

Rounding out the list is the technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and procurement reform subcommittee, which will be chaired by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla.

In the release, Issa said:

The American people deserve and have a right to expect that the money Washington has taken from them is well spent and well accounted for. These subcommittees are a reflection of the substantive agenda House Republicans have promised to pursue [--] one that is focused on identifying and reforming waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement within the federal bureaucracy.

The American people have a right to an efficient and effective government. They have a right to a Congress and White House that is held accountable and acts transparently. This is our committee’s mission and this is what Oversight Republicans will work tirelessly to deliver to the American people.

But Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee, is concerned about Issa’s plans. In a letter sent to Issa today, Cummings said he wants to work together to eliminate wasteful spending and improve government efficiency. But Cummings smells a partisan agenda in some of Issa’s statements — such as calling President Obama’s administration corrupt — and questions the maturity of some videos created by his office.

I want the Committee to engage in oversight that is regarded as serious rather than dismissed as silly or absurd; to establish strong predicates for investigations rather than making unsubstantiated allegations that waste taxpayer funds; to use Committee resources to inform and educate the American people rather than attacking opponents; and to conduct comprehensive, balanced investigations that seek out the truth rather than launching one-sided inquiries designed to fulfill predetermined outcomes.

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  1. Guy Nohrenberg Says:
    January 19th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    The question remains; Will they focus on weeding out corruption?