As Inspector General, Mr. Helgerson's job was to lead his troops into inspections.
Hey, Pelosi, can't you reign in your minions for once?
Inspector General Background
Congress created the job of inspector general as a watchdog for federal agencies in 1978
IG of major agencies are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Only the president can remove the IGs he appoints.
IGs of smaller agencies are appointed by the department director. Some advocates have proposed fixed seven-year terms.
Virtually every federal agency has an inspector general
By law, IGs are independent, but report to the director of the agency for which they inspect
Agency directors are not allowed to
- dictate the IGs work
- or prohibit any IG investigation.
The CIA director, however, may restrict some IG activities out of national security concerns
There now are 64 inspectors general who have
- dedicated staffs
their jobs consist of:
- conduct audits,
- review agency procedures
- report their findings to Congress and to the agency heads for action
IGs also must report
- any official who unreasonably refuses their requests for records and documents
- and are required to notify the Justice Department if they uncover criminal violations.