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Grassley Complains of Library of Congress Interference

POSTED: 03:42 PM ET, 06/ 4/2009 by Sarah Fitzpatrick

By Ed O'Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writer

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) charged today that top officials at the Library of Congress have interfered with investigations conducted by its independent watchdogs and have frequently admonished investigators for the tone and focus of their investigations.

"Your office's attempts to influence and/or control the OIG appear to be in direct contravention of the principles underlying the creation of the Inspectors General," Grassley wrote in a sharply worded letter delivered today to Librarian of the United States James H. Billington. "Independence is the hallmark of the Inspectors General throughout the country."

In response, Library of Congress spokesman Matt Raymond said Billington will review the letter and respond in full. He also noted that Billington requested the Library's first-ever audit and called for the establishment of an independent IG.

"There are a number of serious factual errors in the events as stated
in the letter that we will correct," Raymond said, but would not elaborate.

Aides to the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee are looking into similar cases of interference with inspector general investigations at other government agencies, according to a spokeswoman for Grassley.

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By Sarah Fitzpatrick |  June 4, 2009; 3:42 PM ET
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