Bipartisan House Leaders Urge Obama to Fill State Department IG Job Vacant Since 2008

Four top members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee representing both parties say the U.S. Department of State has gone long enough without an Inspector-General.

In a letter to President Obama, committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA; ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD; Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, who is chairman of the panel’s subcommittee on national security; and Rep. John F. Tierney, D-MA, urged the chief executive to make filling the long-standing vacancy a top priority.

“The department has not had a Senate-confirmed Inspector General since 2008, which is the longest vacancy of any of the 73 Inspector General positions across the federal government,” the four said in the letter. “During your entire first term as president, you did not nominate anyone to serve in this critical position. This failure evidences a clear disregard for the Inspector General Act and the will of Congress.

“In the context of the upcoming confirmation hearings for Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, as your nominee to become the next Secretary of State, we are sure that the question of who you plan to nominate to serve as Inspector General for the State Department will be a top priority for Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.”

The Issa panel held a hearing on IG vacancies on May 10, 2012, and noted at the time that:
• There are currently 10 vacant IG posts. Of those, eight are at agencies where the IG is presidentially appointed . . .

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