Career managers can turn inspectors general into allies, not enemies.
Congress has approved nearly $3 trillion to keep government services and the economy running during the coronavirus pandemic, but standing up the layers of oversight into that spending has gone less smoothly.
The pandemic board will oversee more than $2 trillion in spending, but recent shakeups in its leadership raise longstanding questions about the independence of these watchdogs.
The president has signed the $2 trillion stimulus and emergency supplemental appropriations package into law. It will have implications for federal employees and their agencies, retirees and contractors.
Federal inspectors general are finishing up the testing of their agencies’ compliance with the Data Act. It’s one of three audits required under the 2014 law. But the Council of Inspectors General changed the audit methodology between the current exercise and the one they did two years ago.
An ongoing concern is the number and length of vacancies for inspector general spots in many agencies.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a new page on Oversight.gov tracks IG vacancies.
Current and former members of the federal oversight community say the administration’s treatment of and efforts to identify the whistleblower have put trust in the process for future whistleblowers at risk.
While most IGs enjoy a reputation as neutral agency watchdogs, members of the oversight community continue to walk a careful line in staying out of political fights.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a new study by the Government Accountability Office confirms it’s tough to be a medium-sized government contractor.