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Bob Bauer & Jack Goldsmith, Inspector General Reform on the Table, Lawfare (Oct. 5, 2021),

Abstract: At the top of the list of those responsible for executive branch accountability in the 21st century are the statutory inspectors general who now populate every major executive branch agency. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will consider three bills—the Securing Inspector General Independence Act of 2021, the IG Testimonial Subpoena Authority Act and the IG Independence and Empowerment Act—that would expand the independence and power of inspectors general in important respects. This post reviews the central reforms, urges the passage of one of them and assesses the others.