The government’s own watchdogs (Inspector Generals – IG’s) are stepping up to the plate and lodging a formal complaint that the Obama administration are placing limitations on their ability to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse. A total of 47 of the 73 government watchdogs sent a letter to leaders of two congressional committees and in this complaint stated:
“Agency actions that limit, condition, or delay access thus have profoundly negative consequences for our work; they make us less effective, encourage other agencies to take similar actions in the future, and erode the morale of the dedicated professionals that make up our staffs.”
My question is – WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG – to come to that conclusion?
They even went so far as to call on the oversight leaders to reaffirm commitment of Congress to help the IG’s to help combat waste, fraud, and abuse, and to exert “all available powers to enforce” access to agencies that refuse to comply. The IG’s complaint – is unprecedented by which a majority of the federal government’s IG’s – is that the Obama administration is obstructing their ability to investigate corruption just shows how far the administration is willing to go to hide its wrongdoing.
The IG’s three specific instances where the government would not give them access to records and other information needed to do their work properly:
The Peace Corps refused to provide records of reported sexual assaults that were needed for an investigation into how the agency handled such cases. (Another war on women by this administration.)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) would not produce three separate reviews until officials learned that the documents would be of assistance to the agency’s leadership. Their reply was it was grand jury material which the DOJ stated is restricted by law.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to provide requested documents during an investigation.
The IG’s played a critical role in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) role in the allegations the IRS targeted the Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. They also identified internal weaknesses at the Export-Import Banks.
Von Spakovsky, co-author of a book about AG Eric Holder’s Justice Department said the allegations by the agency’s IG’s are notable and stated:
“The complaint by the Justice Department’s IG is particularly concerning and very revealing. Eric Holder has no hesitation in abusing his power to prevent the public from finding out about the rank politicization of justice and the AG’s corrupt exploitation of his authority as the chief law enforcement office of the United States.”
The House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-CA. stated, “If there is anyone who should have transparency from the government, it should be the IG’s who are the watchdogs inside the government working for the president. This complaint of all IG’s saying not just in the examples they gave, but government-wide, they see a pattern that is making them unable to do their job.”
The prior information was retracted from the “Daily Signal – Melissa Quinn” and we thank all reporters who want to help save this country by supplying information to bloggers for honest reporting to the public – who do have the luxury of hearing the main street media dishonest reporting.