WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) sent a letter to the Chairman of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), requesting documents related to CIGIE and the Integrity Committee’s (IC) operations.
“In our evaluation, we identified several areas of interest within the IC’s operations. For instance, recurring concerns regarding the duration of IC investigations. An investigation involving the former Federal Housing Finance Agency Inspector General spanned four years, from 2017 to 2021. We recognize the need to be thorough, but such extensive deliberation affects the timely resolution of issues, consequently affecting the operation of the respective offices,” wrote the lawmakers.
“While we understand that the IC’s recommendations are advisory, this raises questions about the effectiveness of the process and the follow-through in terms of accountability,” states the letter. “Furthermore, we request clarification regarding the IC’s interpretation of its jurisdiction, resource constraints, and obligation to transparency. We recognize there has been some variation historically about these parameters and believe that clarity is necessary. If adequately addressed, these challenges could significantly bolster the IC’s role in overseeing the Inspector General system.”
Read the letter here.