Why do we have inspectors general?


THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

America is in a full-blown constitutional crisis for one reason: The fox has mostly been left in charge of the henhouse. These days, virtually any attempt at assigning responsibility and accountability at the president’s feet — however factually and legally legitimate — is met with howls of outrage. Of course, this construct gets it all wrong. The American revolutionaries fought and died for independent self-governance — not so they could crown an American king.

After Watergate, lawmakers realized that transparency and accountability in government are vital to a functioning democracy. Congress passed the Inspector General Act of 1978. Under the original statute, President Jimmy Carter appointed 12 inspectors general (IGs).  Click to continue reading….

 

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