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New Senate Panel Will Probe Inspectors General

By Ed O'Keefe
Claire McCaskill
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) (Photo by Post)

A new, long-anticipated Senate panel tasked with oversight of government contracting will hold its first hearing next Tuesday, focused on the work and resources of inspectors general.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on contracting oversight, which was established in late January amid growing awareness and pressure for stricter oversight of the expensive, confusing, occasionally secretive work of government contractors. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) serves as the panel's ranking Republican. Margaret Daum, formely with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when it was chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), will lead a two-person staff, according to McCaskill spokeswoman Maria Speiser.

McCaskill plans to hold hearings at least once every six weeks and while the first meeting will focus on broad contracting issues and concerns, the panel will later focus on the use of foreign contractor firms, how contractors and the military are preparing for troop withdrawals in Iraq and expanded operations in Afghanistan and the suspension and debarment of contracting companies, Speiser said.

Senators are scheduled to hear next week from GSA Inspector General Brian Miller, Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner, Defense Department Inspector General Charles W. Beardall and Anthony Ogden, the Government Printing Office inspector general and a leader of the Inspectors General Council on Integrity and Efficiency.

McCaskill, a former prosecutor and Missouri state auditor, has focused much of her Senate tenure on government oversight and management. She has supported the expansion of inspector general programs and has kept close watch on the government's distribution of economic stimulus funds. She recently suggested that the government hire recently unemployed journalists to manage the Web site.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 17, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
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Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 17, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh please as a DOD employee with a bro who works for an executive agency IG the IG's office is a joke. They need help going to the head. And please never suggest that a bunch of senior execs need to have their travel approved.

And Congress investigating with that shyster Sen from Missouri get real. She couldn't find her tampon on a good day! And she is as dirty as an Senator ever in this country's history.

Posted by: sheepherder | April 17, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This is a great move, but also the career lawyers should be investigated, subject to DNA test and audits. The test should be done at least every two years along with the auditing because of being in positions for the potential of corruption, coercion, bribery, and theft. There is little oversight and no victim protection from career lawyers and the victim advocate office.

Posted by: phjesuswarrior7 | April 17, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Please chekc your facts. You have incorrectly named the DoD Inspector General.

Posted by: chiusano | April 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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