Darrel Issa Whines that Gov Is Using Too Much Paper Responding to His Witch-Hunts

The classic definition of chutzpah is to murder your parents and then plead for mercy on the grounds that you're an orphan.

The latest nonsense from rep. Darrell Issa, R-California -- the GOP's inquisitor-in-chief -- comes close. Via The Hill

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) alleged this week that the Energy Department is wasting thousands of pages of paper.

In a letter Thursday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu that was obtained by The Hill, Issa criticized the department for not providing electronic copies of documents requested by the committee as part of its investigation into various energy programs.

“This approach to producing documents wastes taxpayer dollars and is inconsistent with DOE’s stated commitment to reducing paper waste,” Issa said in the letter, noting that the department has sent his panel 300,000 “single-sided” pages of documents.

Issa is a hyper-partisan hack who has made a joke out of the committee he chairs -- most recently by having an all-old-priest panel to discuss contraceptive coverage.

The administration's response seems pretty reasonable:

An administration source dismissed Issa’s allegations Friday, arguing that the cost of printing is small in comparison to the cost to the Energy Department of complying with the chairman’s requests for documents. The source said it is Energy Department protocol to provide paper copies of documents.

“In reality, the VAST majority of the cost of complying isn't the printing, but rather the enormous amount of attorney time that it takes to collect, review and prepare the responses,” the source said. “The Department’s response has required thousands of hours of staff time from at least 12 separate DOE offices.”

Issa is conducting 10 separate investigations into various Energy Department programs, according to the source, and the committee has requested documents from the department more than a dozen times.... 

“We have been saying for close to a year that the arbitrary and excessive requests for documentation are a burden that undercuts effective oversight. We are glad to see that the Chairman finally agrees with us," the administration source said, adding that a full response to Issa's request could take a year and result in 1 million pages of documents.


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at March 2, 2012, 12:45pm