Newly appointed Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has quite a busy schedule ahead of him over the next two years. The committee has released their agenda for the 112th Congress, which highlights a number of issues that they plan to investigate. According to the Chairman, the committee will hold numerous hearings, work with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), conduct investigations and evaluate their findings in order to create more jobs, stimulate the economy and minimize unnecessary burdens on small businesses. Chairman Issa has said his "hearings will cover multiple issues and agencies, looking for patterns that indicate where the government may have lost sight of its proper mission." Among the many listed in the committee report, Issa has said the EPA and the IRS are among his top targets. The list below includes the other issues that the committee plans to investigate.

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • Home Affordable Modification Program
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Government contracting
  • Federal regulation and the regulatory process
  • Department of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act