The watchdog group Empower Oversight is asking federal agencies for documents to explain why two presidential-appointed inspectors general were paid, from 2016 to 2020, about $168,000 more than the law allows.
The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s Integrity Committee (“CIGIE-IC”) has allegedly refused to open an investigation into the excess payments.
That's according to a Department of Defense memorandum (“DOD memo”), confidential sources, and a whistleblower disclosure to Empower Oversight.
The January 25, 2022, DOD memo describes alleged overpayments to the Inspectors General of the National Security Agency (“NSA-IG”) and the National Reconnaissance Office (“NRO-IG”).
The NSA-IG is President Biden’s nominee to be the DOD Inspector General and is also currently the Vice Chair of the CIGIE-IC.
The DOD memo, provided to Empower Oversight by an anonymous whistleblower, recommends “corrective action[s]” in connection with the alleged overpayments and, more generally, that the agencies “review their personnel policies for compliance with applicable law and adjust as necessary.”
It is unclear whether any actions to recover the overpayments have been taken.
"Inspector General offices must be held to the highest standards of integrity. Independent watchdogs cannot abuse the public’s trust and expect to escape the same measure of accountability they are charged with enforcing on others in government. The Integrity Committee is supposed to police the inspectors general, but if it cannot explain why it took no action on these allegations that would raise serious questions about whether it is capable of living up to its mission and the ideal expressed in its name.”Jason Foster, Founder and President of Empower Oversight
Empower Oversight Whistleblowers & Research (EMPOWR) describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to enhancing independent oversight of government and corporate wrongdoing.
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