Restoring Independence: Rebuilding the Federal Offices of Inspectors General

Meeting Notes: 
This is a hybrid remote/in person hearing.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 9:30am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“Restoring Independence: Rebuilding the Federal Offices of Inspectors General”

Chairman Connolly's Opening Statement [PDF]

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. E.T., Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine the importance of objective and impartial inspectors general (IGs), ways to strengthen their independence, and the tools they need to provide effective oversight of both their agencies and themselves.


Since they were established in 1978, Offices of the Inspector General have provided critical oversight of executive branch operations:  they help recover overpayments by government agencies, identify risks and program improvement areas, and root out fraud, waste, abuse, and gross mismanagement.  


The IGs and their employees perform a mission that requires independence and objectivity, and despite being politically appointed in many cases, IGs strive to remain outside of the political fray, using data, evidence, and authenticated resources to draft nonpartisan reports and conduct oversight.


Allison C. Lerner

Inspector General
National Science Foundation
Chair, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency


Kathy A. Buller

Inspector General
Peace Corps
Legislation Committee Chair
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Legislation Committee


Clark Ervin
Former Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security and Department of State


Liz Hempowicz
Director of Public Policy
Project on Government Oversight


Mia M. Forgy
Deputy Inspector General
U.S. Election Assistance Commission

117th Congress