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Top House Republican calls on OPM director to resign over employee data breach

A top House Republican Tuesday called on the government’s personnel chief and her chief information officer to resign after saying that she “failed utterly and totally” to prevent the massive hack that exposed the personal data of  4.2 million active and former employees.

“Those two had an opportunity to right the ship…they did not get it done, and there should be consequences,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters after a contentious hearing on the cyberattack. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta and the agency’s chief information officer, Donna Seymour, were grilled for almost three hours by angry lawmakers from both parties.

“If we want a different results, we’re going to have to have different people,” Chaffetz said as he walked down a hallway of the Rayburn House Office Building moments after the hearing ended. Our colleague Joe Davidson was there.

 

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Chaffetz: Violence in Mexico underreported

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CHAFFETZ CONFIRMS CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION COPTER FIRED ON FROM MEXICO

On Tuesday’s “On the Record,” host Greta van Susteren interviewed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

 Chaffetz discussed an incident involving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter coming under gunfire and confirmed an earlier Breitbart News report that the gunfire originated from the Mexican side of the border.

“What these men and women do at our border are absolutely amazing,” Chaffetz said. “This helicopter was down to about 200 feet pursuing six to seven people they though had transported drugs across the border. And then they started taking fire from the Mexican side of the border. They thought it was an AK-47. The shot went into the hull of the aircraft through the seat — luckily the vest was sitting on the back seat. It grazed off, otherwise it would have taken them out, killed them and would have killed the passenger as well.”

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Chaffetz explains how the Obama Administration avoids transparency

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Worried lawmakers assess border security after Mexican drug cartel attack

Two top members of Congress headed to the border Sunday to investigate a drug cartel attack on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, which raised more concerns about escalating violence spilling north.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, Texas Republican, were planning to get a firsthand look at the situation in Laredo, Texas, after the helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Friday.


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CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ARRIVE IN LAREDO OVER DOWNED CHOPPER

Two members of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee arrived in Laredo on Sunday for a briefing about a Customs and Border Protection helicopter that made an emergency landing after taking fire from the Mexican side of the border. They will be meeting on Sunday and Monday with officials from the Air Branch and Marine Branch Sector Headquarters.

Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) made the trip to south Texas to obtain additional information about the incident, according to a statement from Farenthold’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring our Border Patrol personnel are safe and have all the resources they need to do the job we depend on them for day in and day out,” said Rep. Farenthold.  “I’m in Laredo today because I wanted a firsthand assessment of the current situation at the border and to hear from the people on the front lines of our national security what Washington can do to put them in the best position to do their job and stay safe.”

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