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Bipartisan Letter Asks President To Hire More Government Watchdogs

May 20, 2011 by  

Bipartisan letter asks President to hire more government watchdogsA group of legislators have urged President Barack Obama to hire more inspectors general in order to help prevent waste, fraud and corruption in the Federal government.

Eight lawmakers, including four Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent, signed a joint letter to Obama, expressing their concern over the lack of watchdogs in various departments, according to The Wall Street Journal. There are nine inspector general positions currently vacant, including at the State, Justice, Homeland Security and Labor departments.

“Many of these vacancies involve departments and agencies responsible for oversight of several of your Administration’s most important initiatives,” the letter reads.

Eight of the nine positions require Senate confirmation. Many of the officials who previously assumed the inspector roles were controversial figures, which may explain why they have not been filled, the news provider reported.

Meanwhile, Obama has withdrawn the nomination of attorney Paul Tiao for inspector general at the Department of Labor. According to The Washington Examiner, the candidate was harshly criticized by Republicans and members of the business community because of his perceived bias toward organized labor.

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