Senator Harry Reid (D), the US Senate minority leader, has been blocking a bill, S.579, to allow Federal Inspector Generals to access all records and employees of Federal Agencies in IG inspections and audits. This is the same Senator involved in bad land deals in Nevada and who blocked many Senate bills from being voted on.
Due to Reid’s efforts to block S.579, the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), named Reid as “Porker of the Month”.
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As a former Internal Audit manager in Fortune 500 firms, and an anti-corruption manager in Iraq, I fully believe that Inspector Generals should have full independence and have full access to all records and employees of the agency under their jurisdiction. Reid’s actions are a flagrant disregard for proper transparency needed over government activities.
But Sen. Chuck Grassley has still been pushing the bill, S.579, that would mandate transparency and openess for IG activities, even with Reid blocking the bill for 5 months. So a Las Vegas newspaper wrote a story about it on Mar. 27, and here is a 15 minute video by Grassley explaining all of it. If you wondered why IG’s were not able to get access to Federal records, here is the dirty Democrat story why…
Here is the original story about how the Citizens Againsts Government Waste (CGW) announced that Senator Reid was “Porker of the Month” for holding up S.579.
HERE is the editorial about S.579 on April 2, 2016 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Watch the above 15 minute video and read the articles. Then if you agree, contact your U.S. Senator and ask them to support Grassley and pass S.579 to improve Inspector General powers.