House Oversight Committee to Examine Access and Authority of Federal Inspectors General

Published: Jan 27, 2015

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine the Independence, Access, and Authority of the federal government’s 72 Inspectors General during its first hearing of the 114th Congress.

In August 2014, 47 Inspectors General signed a letter to congressional oversight leaders stating that information was being withheld by federal agencies on the basis that it was considered privileged. In the letter, the IG’s state that certain restrictions “represent potentially serious challenges to the authority of every Inspector General and our ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner.” IG’s from the Department of Justice, U.S. Peace Corps, and Environmental Protection Agency will testify at the hearing.

A copy of the IG’s letter can be viewed here.

WHAT:           House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled: “Inspectors General:  Independence,  Access and Authority”

WHERE:       2154 Rayburn House Office Building

DATE:            Tuesday, February 03, 2015

TIME:             10:15 a.m. EST

WITNESSES

The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz
Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice

The Honorable Arthur A. Elkins, Jr.
Inspector General
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Kathy A. Buller
Inspector General
U.S. Peace Corps