Inspector General Independence Must Be a Bipartisan Priority in 2020

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The Hill

By Elise Bean and Dan Lips

Click here to read the full article on the case for IG independence.

The balance of power may soon shift in Washington, followed by a realignment in Congress on oversight. Republicans who, under the Trump administration, have resisted investigating executive branch actions may feel differently about a Biden administration. Democrats who have led recent oversight inquiries into the current administration may want to give a Biden administration a honeymoon period.

But in these months leading up to the presidential election, it’s the right time for lawmakers from both parties to step back and recognize the importance and long-term value of independent oversight no matter who is in office. Restoring public confidence in American governance requires a renewed focus on transparency and nonpartisan oversight to curb wrongdoing and increase accountability.

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