Senate Hearing: IIA Calls for IG Vacancies to be Promptly Filled
The Institute of Internal Auditors on Wednesday renewed its calls for the president and Congress to promptly fill federal Inspectors General vacancies with “highly qualified candidates who are non-partisan, independent, and aggressive in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities.”
In a letter submitted as part of a congressional hearing on “Watchdogs Needed: Top Government Investigator Positions Left Unfilled for Years,” IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers described the valuable role Inspectors General play, calling them “a bulwark” against mismanagement in government agencies.
“As a former Inspector General, I can personally attest that a fully qualified IG makes a material difference in the effective operation of a federal agency or program,” Chambers wrote.
The submission to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee also warns of the dangers of filling vacancies with temporary administrators.
“All too often, Acting Inspectors General may be reluctant to be as aggressive as the statute allows and contemplates, especially if they aspire to hold the position themselves and do not want to jeopardize their chances by doing something that might be viewed negatively by the Administration,” Chambers wrote.
The IIA has twice before, in 2013 and 2014, sent letters to the president and to Congress, urging that long-vacant Inspector General positions at a number of federal agencies be filled as soon as possible.