Rep. Waxman Elected Chairman of Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

On January 4, 2007, Rep. Henry A. Waxman was officially elected Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee by members of the 110th Congress.

United States Congress

Rep. Waxman Announces Government Reform Committee Organization

In a letter to Members of the Government Reform Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman today announced the new subcommittee organization for the 110th Congress.

Administration Oversight

Government Reform Leaders Call for Evaluation of Authority to Recover Billions from Oil Companies

Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Tom Davis, Darrell Issa and Diane E. Watson wrote to U.S. Attorney General Gonzales to ask him to review a legal analysis concluding that the Administration has legal recourse to recover billions of dollars in lost revenue on defective oil and gas leases issued in 1998 and 1999.

Administration Oversight

GAO Finds Millions in Overpayments to Iraq Contractors

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday which found multiple deficiencies in the Army's oversight of contractors in Iraq, including "limited visibility over contractors," lack of "adequate contractor oversight personnel," and "little or no training on the use of contractors."

Public Health

Dangerous Lead Levels in Capitol Gift Shop Products

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Obama today released a report finding that products from the Capitol gift shop contain dangerous amounts of lead. Jewelry and other inexpensive children's gifts sold in the four Capitol gift shops contain enough lead to cause permanent medical harm and may be fatal to small children if ingested. Rep. Waxman and Sen. Obama call on the Bush Administration to ban lead in children's products.