By JAKE WIENS
The State Department Inspector General (IG) has been vacant without a nominee for 1,484 days. The Justice Department IG nominee has been awaiting Senate confirmation for 194 days. And the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) IG became vacant just 12 days ago. All of that and more can be viewed on a new web page created by POGO called “Where Are All the Watchdogs?”
The page continually tracks the overall number of IG vacancies (currently there are 12), the length of those vacancies, and whose responsibility it is to fill the positions. It also provides background information on the necessity of IGs and why it is important to have a permanent IG, rather than an acting IG or no IG at all.
Tomorrow we will begin highlighting individual IG vacancies. The individual cases show that IG vacancies can exist for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they exist because the President has simply failed to nominate a candidate. In other cases, they exist because the Senate has rejected a candidate—sometimes on legitimate grounds and sometimes on more questionable grounds.
Find a POGO statement about the IG vacancies here.
Jake Wiens is a POGO Investigator.
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