The Postal Service IG’s office has joined the praise from the IG community for the recently enacted Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-317), which clarifies that IGs are entitled to full and prompt access to agency records and creates new authority for IGs to match data across agencies regardless of privacy law.

The former provision, the postal IG said in a blog posting, should help IGs produce “effective and independent audits, reviews, and investigations” while the latter “should help them uncover wasteful spending while boosting public access to information on potential government misconduct.”

“The new law is also expected to increase government transparency and boost the public’s confidence in the independence of IGs,” it added.

Previously, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency said the law “will serve to protect the independence and effectiveness of inspectors general for years to come.”

The new law also requires the IGs to produce certain additional reports and information, including additional facts and figures in their semi-annual reports.