I agree with Senator Grassley — we need to do SOMETHING to get these government agencies to perform better for the American people (which means NO MORE WASTING of American taxpayer money.) However, I disagree with what Senator Grassley proposes below (creating of a new government job) which I assume he does out of frustration with current Inspector Generals in the various agencies not doing their jobs.
We don’t need MORE government hires (or positions) to get other government employees to do their jobs. What we need is existing Inspector Generals doing their jobs. This includes current I/G’s working with whistle blowers (with respect and consideration) who are reporting waste, fraud, crime etc.
If for some legitimate reason the current IG offices in government agencies are understaffed or have particular problems that they can not do their jobs, including working with whistle blowers, they should individually go to Congress for help. We can’t just keep creating new government jobs to cover up for those not doing their jobs. We need people to actually do their own jobs.
If some I/G can’t do his or her job, get rid of that I/G and hire someone else — don’t create another job in the government to babysit a particular I/G.
What do YOU think?
M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Reporters and Editors
RE: DoJ IG Whistleblower Ombudsman
DA: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Senator Chuck Grassley made the following comment about the announcement today by the Department of Justice Inspector General regarding creation of an Office of Inspector General Whistleblower Ombudsperson.
“As a co-sponsor of legislation that would create whistleblower ombudsmen throughout the Inspector General community, I appreciate this initiative and its acknowledgement that whistleblowers deserve respect and consideration. In light of Operation Fast and Furious, this position is especially necessary at the Justice Department. Time and again, information provided by whistleblowers, most often at significant risk to their own livelihoods and reputations, has proven to be tremendously valuable. Without whistleblowers, mismanagement, abuse and wrongdoing would go undetected. This effort is an important first step and, to be effective, the ombudsman needs to appreciate these realities and stand up to intense pressure from agencies to discredit whistleblowers. The ombudsman needs to be a tireless advocate for whistleblowers. Putting the right person in this job will make an important, positive difference for whistleblowers and, in turn, accountability in government. I intend to ask for regular updates on how this new position is making a difference for Justice Department whistleblowers.”