Improving the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Independence of Inspectors General, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 24, 2015 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the February 24, 2015 hearing held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs entitled "Improving the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Independence of Inspectors General." From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "Inspectors General (IGs) are statutorily tasked with a mission 'to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness' at their agency and 'to prevent and detect fraud and abuse.' It is no coincidence that the mission is almost identical to the goals that Ranking Member Carper and I developed for our Committee: 'to identify/reduce/eliminate duplication, waste, fraud, and abuse within government' and 'increase the efficiency and effectiveness of federal agencies.' The Inspector General Act is clear: IGs are to be independent from the agency, have access to all records available to the agency, and make their work readily available to the public. It is Congress's job to ensure they are meeting these obligations and have the tools and resources necessary to fulfill their mission. IGs can have significant positive effect on the federal budget, and are a powerful ally to Congress in providing oversight of agency use of funds and ferreting out improper payments. For example, Inspector General O'Carroll at the Social Security Administration estimated his office last year alone saved $552 million through their investigations. Additionally, O'Carroll's office identified more than $5 billion in Federal funds that could be put to better use, over $1 billion in questioned costs, and over $21 million in civil monetary penalties and assessments." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael E. Horowitz, Steve A. Linick, John Roth, and Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr.
S. Hrg. 114--414; Senate Hearing 114-414
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