OMB Issues New Guidance on Agency Engagement with Inspectors General [February 23, 2022] [open pdf - 631KB]
From the Document: "The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new guidance directing agency leaders and staff to 'cooperate with [their] respective IG [inspector general] offices as they fulfill their statutory opportunities.' The memorandum--apparently the first public guidance in decades on cooperation with IG offices--was issued on December 3, 2021 (OMB memorandum M-22-04 [hyperlink]; 'Promoting Accountability through Cooperation among Agencies and Inspectors General'). It echoes and reinforces the language of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act; 5 U.S.C. Appx. [hyperlink]). Specifically, the memorandum requests that agency leaders regularly communicate key information about the role and authority of IGs to their staff and identifies seven 'general guidelines to enhance cooperation' between agencies and IGs: 1. Routine meetings between agency leadership and IGs, 2. Open discussion about IG office resources, 3. Designation of a senior agency official as liaison to the IG office, 4. Collaboration with IG staff when developing new programs or changing existing programs, 5. Providing information and training to staff on whistleblower protections, 6. Discussion of enterprise risk management with IGs, and 7. Responsiveness to IG recommendations. OMB developed the memorandum in consultation [hyperlink] with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) [hyperlink], and the memorandum includes findings from a CIGIE review [hyperlink] of agency-IG relations and example language developed by CIGIE for use by agency leaders when communicating to staff about the role of IGs."
CRS Insight, IN11863
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