House Republicans on Thursday criticized the Obama administration’s delay in nominating inspectors general for several key agencies.
There are 10 inspector-general vacancies, including five at Cabinet-level agencies. Four of the positions have been vacant for more than three years and some, such as the State Department’s, have been led by a deputy inspector general for years.
“This administration’s failure to fill inspector-general vacancies has weakened the effectiveness of the inspector-general community, thus exposing American taxpayer dollars to waste, fraud and abuse,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee.
Acting inspectors general have filled the vacant slots.
A White House spokesman said Thursday, “The administration supports the work and commitment of all of the IG offices, including those currently being led by acting IGs, as they strive to ensure that taxpayers are getting the good government they deserve.”
But acting inspectors general may not carry out their duties with as much vigor as Senate-confirmed permanent inspectors general, some observers have said.