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  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. listens to testimony regarding social security and disability benefits, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Four Social Security judges are facing accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    House panel probes problems at chemical safety board

    The head of the federal U.S. Chemical Safety Board abused his position, using his power to intimidate opponents and promote friends — leaving the agency with few employees and a backlog of investigations, lawmakers said during an oversight hearing Thursday.


  • FILE - In this May 22, 2013, file photo, then-IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.  The House is preparing to vote May 7, on holding Lerner  in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt

    House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.


  • Ex-agency head: I won't testify before lawmakers

    The former head of Rhode Island's economic development agency has declined to testify before the House Oversight Committee as it reviews the $75 million 38 Studios loan guarantee.


  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, said a recent report makes clear that there was no White House involvement or political bias in the IRS' targeting of tea party groups applying for nonprofit status. (Associated Press)

    IRS employees deny tea party bias

    The IRS employees involved in improperly targeting tea party groups vehemently denied political bias played a part in their actions, and specifically defended Lois G. Lerner, according to a report released by House Democrats on Tuesday.


  • MacBeth wants subpoenas for 38 Studios testimony

    The new chairwoman of the House Oversight committee said Tuesday she wants to issue subpoenas to key figures related to the 38 Studios deal, including former House Speaker Gordon Fox, as the panel continues its review of the state's failed investment.


  • Cummings says Issa apologized and he accepts

    Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday night that California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called him and apologized for refusing to let Cummings speak during an IRS hearing. The Maryland Democrat said he accepted the apology.


  • Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

    The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.


  • The attorney for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner says his client will continue to assert her rights not to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. (Associated Press PHOTOGRAPHS)

    Lawyer for IRS official denies Issa claim client will testify

    Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said Sunday that Lois Lerner will finally testify about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups — but Ms. Lerner's lawyer said she has no plans to testify before Congress.


  • Illustration Libya by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Obama's deadly oversight

    The more the country learns about what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, the less credible the White House version of events becomes.


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