The future of federal oversight & government inspectors general

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Dan Blair, senior counselor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discusses the center’s report on the role of the inspector general at agencies, and how IGs can help with management issues.


This summer marks 40 years since the passage of the Inspector General Act. As the IG community celebrates this milestone, the Bipartisan Policy Center has published some inspector general policy recommendations for agencies. The main idea of the report is that a cultural shift is needed in the federal government, and agency heads and IGs should be working closer together. Dan Blair, senior counselor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, says that one of the most important recommendations is that inspectors general should be included in senior management meetings at agencies.

 

“This doesn’t mean that you compromise your independence, but it allows the IG and the agency officials present a better sense of what’s important, what they are looking at… They are there to stop the issues from arising into big problems If you have these good lines of communication,” Blair said. “Let’s be honest, you read the headlines every day and IG’s are in the headlines and often times these relationships break down. That’s part and parcel of the job, but the best IG’s form this balance.”