Subcommittee Chair Jason Chaffetz: Before recognizing Ranking Member [John] Tierney, I'd like to note that the Defense Dept, State Dept, USAID and SIGAR will not have IGs in January. In May of this year, I wrote the President asking him to move without delay to appoint replacements. That letter was signed by Senators [Joe] Lieberman, [Susan] Collins, [Claire] McCaskill and [Rob] Portman, as well as [House Oversight Committee] Chairman [Darrell] Issa and Ranking Member [Elijah] Cummings and Ranking Member Tierney. I'd like to place a copy of htis record into the record. Without objection, so ordered. To my knowledge, the President has yet to nominate any of these replacements, nor has he responded to this letter. I find that totally unacceptable. This is a massive, massive effort. It's going to take some leadership from the White House. These jobs cannot and will not be done if the president fails to make these appointments. Upon taking office, President Obama promised that his administration would be "the most open and transparent in history." You cannot achieve transparency without inspectors general. Again, I urge President Obama and the Senate to nominate and confirm inspectors general to fill these vacancies and without delay.
Barack Obama has refused to name nominees so that the process of oversight can continue. So much for transparency. And, I'm sorry, where are the headlines on this at POLITICO?
I was unaware of this issue until today's hearing. And tonight, I made a point to check POLITICO, knowing that they love to do the 'GOP blocking nominee' stories. So surely, they would want to headline this story.
Woops! POLITICO hasn't found the story. Still.
Like Kat (who is sick and stayed in California), I prefer that witnesses offering testimony be sworn in, so I will note that Subcommitee Chair Jason Chaffetz swore in the witnesses.
I will also note that US House Rep John Tierney continues to be my least favorite Democrat and currently appears to be actively working to end oversight. He's proposing legislation that I consider to be a joke and an attempt to do away with oversight.
So here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"