information PROVIDED BY Inspectors general TO senators grassley and
On April 8, 2010, Senator Charles E. Grassley and Senator Tom Coburn contacted a number of Offices of Inspector General and asked for information on the independence necessary to carry out audits, evaluations and investigations. Specifically, the Senators asked each OIG to:
1. list and describe any instances when the Department resisted and/or objected to oversight activities and/or restricted our access to information for the period of October 1, 2008, to the present;
2. provide a biannual report on all closed investigations, evaluations, and audits conducted by our office that were not disclosed to the public from January 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010;
3. report whether any Federal official has threatened and/or otherwise attempted to impede our ability to communicate with Congress and whether that communication concerns the budget or any other matter; and
4. provide a copy of the recommendations that have not been fully implemented, which we also provided to the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Furthermore, the Senators also asked each OIG to update their response on a biennial basis.
Most IG Offices responded promptly to the Senators. Some responses from the following Inspector General offices are provided here.