Some of the changes are sweeping. The bill would make it so agency heads could not place inspector generals on administrative leave. That is to say, the person running the office couldn’t kick out the person in charge with making sure they follow the rules—Michael couldn’t kick out Toby. The bill would also give inspector generals the ability to file subpeonas on contractors and former federal employees. “I don’t work there anymore” would no longer get anyone out of the consequences of screwing up.
But the bill doesn’t turn inspector generals into some Judge Dredd-style bureaucrat eliminators. The Attorney General would still be able to override IGs’ decisions. Actually, in many ways, this bill would increase oversight of inspector generals. The Comptroller General would have to put together a report on vacant inspector general positions. The bill also funds the Council of the Inspector Generals, and requires them to make reports to Congress every six months.Inspector generals would also have to report to the heads of their agencies when recommending changes.