Sequester Ensnares Government Watchdogs

March 18, 2013

As lawmakers clamp down on federal spending, they aren’t sparing the government’s watchdogs.

Like the agencies they oversee, many inspectors general are absorbing steep across-the-board budget cuts officially known as the sequester.

And some are warning their oversight work is suffering as a result.

“We’re already turning down cases,” Kathleen Tighe, the Education Department’s inspector general, told a House panel March 5. “We’re shifting priorities. We’re telling our criminal investigators in the field that they can only open the highest-priority things, and they’d better, you know, watch what they do.”

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