Inspectors general: Pass the DATA Act!


On May 10, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on vacancies in inspector general positions throughout the executive branch. After discussing the vacancy issue, Rep. Jackie Speier broached a broader topic: how can Congress better empower inspectors general to find and unmask waste, fraud, and abuse?

Rep. Speier asked Phyllis Fong, chair of the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency, “What additional powers should we give you?”

Inspector General Fong responded:

The DATA Act, as passed by the House of Representatives in April, will make the work of inspectors general easier by streamlining regulatory requirements (secs. 302, 303) and fixing inconsistencies in existing laws (sec. 307). The DATA Act will also establish a government-wide accountability portal (sec. 3613) that will help inspectors general find waste and fraud.