Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA),the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, have sent a letter to White House Counsel Gregory Craig calling for the release of information pertaining to the appointment of a number of senior Administration advisors, otherwise known as “czars.”
They have requested detailed information on the vetting of the czars, compensation, authority, and all records and communications relating to the policies and procedures by which these individuals were selected, reviewed, “vetted” or otherwise approved for appointment. The lawmakers have asked for the information by September 29, FOX News reports.
Reps. Issa and Smith say that Obama has created 53 czar positions, filling 45 of them. The areas of responsibility for the czars range from the auto industry to national security to foreign affairs. Their appointments circumvent Senate confirmation, evading congressional oversight.
In her recent post, Obama’s new euphemism for his czars, Michelle Malkin reports that Obama — still feeling the sting of the Van Jones debacle and his ensuing swift exit — tried out the more anemic replacement term “point person,” during his speech to the AFL-CIO.
More Obama-style form over substance.