Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

How IGs Are Appointed

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

How IGs Are Appointed

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Slightly more than one-third of the IGs nominated by the Clinton administration have come from within the IG community itself. Another third have come from other federal law enforcement agencies. Of the final third, three came from the U.S. General Accounting Office and the other five have had other relevant experience. For instance, the Central Intelligence Agency IG nominee has an extensive background in the intelligence community; another IG worked at an independent public accounting firm.

By law, IGs are appointed without regard for their political affiliation.

In reviewing Presidentially-appointed IG candidates, administration officials have discussed three key qualifications. The first qualification for an IG is personal integrity. Second, IG candidates need the technical knowledge necessary to oversee an office of inspector general (OIG), which means having a broad knowledge of the audit and/or investigation professions. Third, IG candidates need the same effective work skills necessary to all senior executives: demonstrated management ability, good communication skills and a proven ability to work with others in sometimes contentious situations. …

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