The Journal of Public Inquiry. Fall/Winter 2010-2011
COUNCIL OF INSPECTORS GENERAL ON INTEGRITY AND EFFICIENCY WASHINGTON DC
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The importance of this issue of the Journal of Public Inquiry can best be illustrated by the words of Earl E. Devany, Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, Transparency is the friend of the enforcers and the enemy of the fraudster. Inspectors general carry out the crucial mission of promoting accountability and transparency in government. This Journal is, in fact, an affirmation of the continuing commitment to these core values by the IG community. The article, Transparency in Government addresses how transparency and accountability are enhanced through public facing websites. This issue of the Journal brings together work from leaders and scholars in the IG community to address the issues essential to provide oversight of government programs and operations. The articles in this issue give me pause for positive thought - including utilizing letters to inform Congress of serious problems within a department in a timely manner, the use of a new database to evaluate contracting resources, and developing safeguards to protect federal employees. In addition, articles on how the IG community is giving back by teaching in higher education, utilizing the role of the ombudsman to strengthen internal efficiency, and cultivating the relationship between IGs and their ethics counsel encourage continuous improvement. The congressional testimony on ensuring contracting accountability through past performance, suspension, and debarments is a topic that is important to the IG community.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science