Kudos to the folks at the Project On Government Oversight for compiling a new online database that tracks how long vacant inspector general positions have been left open across the government.
According to the database launched Wednesday, there are 12 vacant watchdog positions. Ten of the slots are nominated by the president while two are selected by agency bosses.
The longest watchdog vacancy is at the State Department, which has gone without an inspector general for more than 1,480 days. The Interior Department hasn’t had a permanent IG in 1,080 days, according to the tracker.
The shortest vacancy is at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where H. David Kotz announced less than two weeks ago that he was stepping down to join the private sector.
President Obama has nominated three individuals to fill the 10 presidentially appointed vacancies: He nominated Roslyn A. Mazer more than 200 days ago to serve as inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, while Michael Horowitz’s nomination to serve as Justice Department inspector general has languished for 194 days, according to the database. It’s been 85 days since Obama nominated Deborah J. Jeffrey to serve as watchdog at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“It is inexcusable that we have so many Inspector General vacancies,” POGO investigator Jake Wiens said Wednesday. “This new resource is intended to push government officials to fill these positions with qualified leaders.”
POGO’s “Where are all the Watchdogs?” tracker is using a list of vacancies maintained by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and matching it with data kept by the Government Accountability Office and a list of presidential nominations kept by the White House.
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