IG Warns that Mandatory Audits Could Strain Resources
December 6, 2011
A federal inspector general told a Senate subcommittee Dec. 2. that IGs need the authority to set their own priorities and point their resources where they are most needed rather than adhere to mandatory audit rules.
Peggy Gustafson, chairwoman of the legislation committee for the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, said IGs are concerned that statutory requirements for investigations into whistleblower allegations and deadlines mandating the completion of an investigation could burden the government's IG offices.
"Such mandates undermine the ability of [the IGs] to independently set priorities and create the potential for finite resources to be diverted from other high-impact investigations that may better serve taxpayers' interest," Gustafson told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Contracting Oversight Subcommittee in testimony.