January 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Inspector General Protection Act, a bipartisan bill re-introduced by Rep. Lieu to enhance the independence and integrity of the federal government’s inspectors general. Among the first bills passed in the 117th Congress, the IG Protection Act will require federal agencies and departments to notify Congress before enacting a personnel change, and require the President to report to Congress if an IG has not been nominated for 210 days after a position becomes vacant.

“Inspectors general are crucial to rooting out fraud, waste and corruption in our government. They save American taxpayers billions of dollars each year and ensure government programs are working for the people. For years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the work of IGs has been hindered by persistent vacancies and underfunded budgets. My bill will address these issues by ensuring Congress is notified when vacancies occur, and when they haven’t been filled in a timely manner. I am grateful to Representative Jody Hice for partnering with me in this bipartisan effort and urge the Senate to take up this legislation.”

The Inspector General Protection Act is endorsed by Project on Government Oversight (POGO), R Street Institute, American Oversight, Campaign for Accountability, Common Cause, Public Citizen.