House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Congressman Darrell Issa Addresses NVTC Board

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) spoke at the first NVTC Board of Directors meeting of the fiscal year this morning. During the meeting, Congressman Issa discussed his goals as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which works to investigate and expose waste and fraud in the federal government and which has wide oversight jurisdiction over government functions, including the government procurement process, national security issues, homeland security grants, federal workforce policies, regulatory reform and reorganization authority, information technology procurement at individual agencies and government-wide data security standards.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) addressing the NVTC Board.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) addressing the NVTC Board.
During his initial remarks, he asserted that the U.S. began to lose its competitive advantage in technology and employment after World War II and that we must examine our priorities in order to make the country more competitive internationally. Congressman Issa urged NVTC members to visit his American Job Creators website to voice their businesses' opinions on job creation and to educate Congress about the challenges facing U.S. job creators.

After his remarks, Congressman Issa engaged in an in-depth question and answer discussion with NVTC Board members. As an entrepreneur and former business owner, he argued that availability of capital and improved tax and regulatory certainty are the top things needed to promote entrepreneurship in the U.S. Other topics of discussion included the three percent withholding mandate on government contractors, the need to ensure the federal procurement process is not politicized, labor relations issues, simplification of the tax code, and the ongoing work of the Government Reform Commission. In closing, Congressman Issa argued the need for improving the government's ability to use real-time data to fight fraud and improve transparency.