House Democratic leaders have introduced legislation (HR-6984) to strengthen the protections for agency inspectors general in the wake of several high-profile firings of permanent or acting IGs by President Trump.
“This legislation will protect Inspectors General from undue political interference and retribution for simply carrying out their responsibilities. The independence of IGs is essential to accountability that is essential to our democracy,” sponsor Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., chair of the House federal workforce subcommittee said in a statement.
The bill would allow an inspector general to be removed only by documenting and reporting to Congress a justification including permanent incapacity, neglect of duty, malfeasance, conviction of a felony or conduct involving moral turpitude, knowing violation of a law or regulation, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or inefficiency.
Similar language is in a House-passed Coronavirus relief bill (HR-6800) that has been set aside by the Senate.