Obama fails to nominate IG watchdogs

May 15, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government Vice President for Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting the White House for failing to nominate individuals to serve as six inspectors general for the Departments of Defense, Labor, State, Homeland Security, and Interior, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID):

“As today’s Treasury inspector general report on the IRS shows, having a Senate-confirmed inspector general is of critical importance to holding any administration accountable for malfeasance. Yet, the Obama Administration has chosen not to fill six critical positions that could protect the interests of the public against IRS-like intrusions.

“The only reason the IRS admitted targeting conservative groups with improper and intrusive scrutiny after 3 years is because they knew the inspector general report was due to be released. If not for the IG, this targeting would likely continue and be expanded without fear of exposure. Yet, Obama, who claims to run the most transparent administration in history, has deliberately shunned the responsibility of appointing these government watchdogs.”

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