Federal Manager's Daily Report

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate (S-3994) seeks to strengthen the position of agency IGs, a topic that has come under increased attention recently several controversial and high profile firings.

The measure would require an administration to provide “substantive rationale, including detailed and case-specific reasons” prior to removing an IG and also limit the use of administrative leave for IGs, including during the 30 days following the removal announcement.

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It further would require acting IGs to be selected from among senior-level employees within the watchdog community and regular training of IG employees on their whistleblower rights.

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