Government Operations Subcommittee to Examine CIGIE 10 Years After its Creation

Sep 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Sept. 16, 2019)—On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) on the 10th anniversary of its creation.

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TIME: 11:00 a.m. EST

A livestream of the hearing will be available here.

PURPOSE

The hearing will examine needed reforms, including increasing transparency, building on successes in shared services across the inspector general (IG) community, and helping fill IG vacancies with qualified candidates.

BACKGROUND

  • Founded in 2009, CIGIE serves as the oversight body for the nation’s 74 federal IGs by examining and establishing IG best practices, assisting agency heads and the President in finding qualified candidates for vacant IG positions, and conducting investigations into allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing by senior Office of Inspectors General (OIG) employees, among other services.
  • The Integrity Committee within CIGIE is tasked to “receive, review, and refer for investigation allegations of wrongdoing that are made against Inspectors General and staff members.”  Members of Congress and watchdog organizations have expressed concerns about the long lengths of time and opaque nature of the Integrity Committee’s investigative process.
  • CIGIE can play a critical role in helping IGs find ways to save money and time by working collaboratively across the IG community on common core functions like human resources, information technology (IT) operations, procurement, reporting, ethics, and financial services. The current state of IG community collaboration is limited.  The Project on Government Oversight stated that these collaborative efforts could greatly benefit the smaller IGs.
  • Concerns about IG removal emerged this year when the Trump Administration attempted to replace the Department of Education IG with the Department’s deputy general counsel.  The removal process for IGs is not uniform across offices, and CIGIE has suggested that Congress consider enacting reform legislation.  
  • Vacancies in any federal leadership position are problematic, but vacancies in IG positions can hinder federal oversight.  Eleven of the 33 Presidentially-appointed IGs and two agency-nominated appointments are currently vacant.

WITNESSES

Michael E. Horowitz

Inspector General

Department of Justice

Chairman

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

 

Kathy A.  Buller

Inspector General

Peace Corps

Executive Chair

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Legislation Committee

 

Scott Dahl

Inspector General

Department of Labor

Chairman

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Integrity Committee

116th Congress