Oversight Committee Sends Bipartisan Letters Requesting Agency Policies on Cooperating with Inspector General Investigations

Mar 31, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 31, 2021)—Today, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Ranking Member James Comer, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, and Ranking Member Jody B. Hice sent letters to 23 agencies requesting their current policies for interacting with Inspectors General and cooperating with Inspector General investigations.


“The Inspector General Act of 1978 established the federal Inspectors General as independent watchdogs tasked with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government and investigating allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse,” the Members wrote.  “The law provides broad access for Inspectors General to conduct thorough investigations so that the agency and Congress—and by extension, the American people—are ‘fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies.’”


In today’s letters, the Members requested the current operative agency policies for complying with requests from Inspectors General (IG) to provide information and testimony in IG investigations, as well as policies that determine whether an agency, an IG, or another entity conducts agency employee discipline or misconduct investigations. 


The letters were sent to the following agencies and their respective Inspectors General:


Agency for International Development

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

General Services Administration

National Science Foundation

National Security Agency

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Office of Personnel Management

Small Business Administration


Click here to read today’s letters.

117th Congress