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Four-part series by Washington Examiner examining the state of inspectors general

Thanks to Sabrina Pacifici at BeSpacific for posting about this Four-part series by the Washington Examiner examining and illuminating the work and current state of inspectors general. Inspectors General are little-known independent agencies of the United States federal government and are charged with identifying, auditing, and investigating fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement within the parent agency — but sometimes act against the public interest by sweeping issues under the rug or by persecuting instead of protecting federal whistleblowers (see e.g., Matt Taibi’s Rolling Stone piece “Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?”). There are 72 IGs as a result of a 1978 Inspector General Act proposed by President Carter in the wake of revelations of federal contractors being paid for work that was never done, shoddy office furniture being bought at premium prices, and widespread political manipulation of government procurement.

The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) includes a list of all agency IGs.

Lastly, Eric Mill has created Oversight.io a searchable database of 16,000+ (and growing) IG reports. Read his explanation of the project on the Sunlight Foundation blog and check out his GitHub of the project for background, shareable code, and ways to help with the project. Thanks Eric!!

[HT to beSpacific!.

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