Chairwoman Maloney Issues Statement on Inspectors General Raising Concerns About Trump Administration Skirting Oversight
Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency sent a letter to the Committee raising concerns that the Trump Administration is undermining mandated transparency and oversight of important components of CARES Act spending:
“The Trump Administration seems to be arguing that loopholes in the law exempt agencies from producing certain information, yet at the same time, they supposedly have expressed their commitment to transparency and accountability and ‘signaled strong support’ for the Inspector General’s requests for information.
“They seem to be saying one thing while doing exactly the opposite. If the Trump Administration is committed to full cooperation and transparency with taxpayer dollars, it is unclear why it is manufacturing legal loopholes to avoid responding to legitimate oversight requests.
“Even under the Trump Administration’s flawed legal interpretation, there is nothing preventing it from fulfilling its supposed commitment to cooperation and transparency by fully complying with all requests from Congress and independent oversight entities including Inspectors General, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and the Government Accountability Office.
“In the meantime, if the Administration believes the law needs to be clarified, it should propose—and support—any potential change to the legislation. This money belongs to the American people—not the President—and the Administration has an obligation to explain where these funds are going.”
Chairwoman Maloney, along with Senator Gary Peters, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, proposed the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to ensure that taxpayer funds are being spent in a transparent manner to combat the coronavirus crisis.
Congress adopted their proposal on a bipartisan basis to create an independent body with broad access to documents and information.