An unprecedented letter by most of the independent government watchdogs — the Inspectors General — aired their frustration with the lack of transparency by the Obama Administration.
Forty-seven of the government’s 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies — the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board — of imposing “serious limitations on access to records.”
The inspectors general are now appealing to Congress to help them do their jobs uncovering waste, fraud, and mismanagement.
“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,” they wrote.
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The letter to the chairmen and ranking members of relevant House and Senate oversight committees claimed agencies are withholding information by incorrectly invoking executive privilege.