Michael Horowitz

  • Michael Horowitz, inspector general at the Justice Department, says a recent decision by his agency's Office of Legal Counsel threatens the independent oversight of all IGs.

    August 12, 2015
  • A recent decision from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel says inspectors general must get permission from their agencies before gaining access to certain documents like grand jury, wiretap and credit information. The inspector general community says it's another attack against the independent oversight at the center of their responsibilities. The Senate Judiciary Committee largely agrees. Michael Horowitz is the inspector general at the Justice Department and director of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He's leading the charge against the OLC's latest decision and tells In Depth with Francis Rose why it would make his job more difficult.

    August 11, 2015
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee mediates a crisis caused by a Justice Department legal opinion that says inspectors general should not automatically get access to all records they need for their investigations.

    August 05, 2015
  • President Barack Obama named Mary Kendall as his choice to be the permanent inspector general at the Interior Department. The announcement came a day after oversight experts criticized the President for not filling the position, which has been vacant for 2,291 days.

    June 03, 2015
  • Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

    February 24, 2015
  • Inspectors general across government are facing delays and denials when they ask for access to information. The Inspector General at the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, detailed a disagreement his office has with the FBI at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. General Horowitz is also chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the implications for access denial and delays.

    February 11, 2015
  • A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

    February 03, 2015
  • New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General. On Jan. 1, Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, will begin his two-year term as chair of the organization. He and his predecessor, former GSA IG Brian Miller, discussed the many challenges of directing the 72 inspectors general in government.

    December 31, 2014
  • New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General in the federal government. The Chair of that organization serves a two-year term, and the new leader takes over Jan. 1. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration. He brought the council's new leader on In Depth with Francis Rose to officially introduce him.

    December 16, 2014
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

    January 15, 2014
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    January 03, 2014
  • OPM's Sydney Smith-Heimbrock talks about new guidance for agencies to help them protect and empower employees. Inspector General Michael Horowitz of the Justice Department discusses a new report that paints a disturbing portrait of an office supposedly dedicated to fairness and equality. Analyst Gretchen Goldman for the Union of Concerned Scientist's Center for Science and Democracy discusses transparency and openness in the Obama administration. Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) talks about the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013.

    March 15, 2013
  • On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

    November 28, 2012
  • A new report by the Justice Department inspector general says inaccurate data is hampering the ability of immigration courts to resolve cases involving both detained and non-detained aliens in a timely manner.

    November 02, 2012