Issa issues subpoena to National Park Service for sequestration documents

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena on Oct. 16 to National Park Service Director Jonathon Jarvis for documents related to budget strategy during sequestration.

The subpoena was issued during a joint hearing on the Park Service’s decision to barricade open-air memorials, including the World War II Memorial, during the federal government shutdown. The Park Service allegedly directed employees to “make the budget setbacks a visible and painful as possible,” according to the committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“After months of waiting, it is clear that Director Jarvis’s promise to deliver hundreds of pages of documents to this committee is meaningless,” Issa said. “It is unfortunate that Director Jarvis has left us with no other option but to issue a subpoena.”

According to the subpoena, the requested documents must be provided by Oct. 30. They were originally requested on March 27, during a hearing on the Park Service’s implementation of sequestration budget cuts.

On Oct. 15, Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called the department’s actions seemingly “ad-hoc, inconsistent, and without sensible guidance to states, local communities and the public at large,” in a letter to Jarvis.