At least 15 of the 73 federal inspectors general, auditor or whistleblower protection jobs are vacant or tied up in the Senate
confirmation process, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity.
Congress created 12 inspector general positions in 1978 and the list has grown to cover at least 69 agencies. Though they’ve been known to
unearth some real doozies (porn at the SEC, anyone?), they’ve also caused their own problems (remember the State Department’s Howard Krongard or Scott Bloch at OSC?)
But the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and Office of Special Counsel still lack presidentially appointed watchdogs after more than a year of vacancies. Congress’s main investigative agency, the Government Accountability Office, has gone without a permanent leader for more than 18 months.