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Building on 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight

This year the Inspector General community commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Inspector General Act.

In October 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Act, establishing the first twelve presidentially appointed Inspectors General in federal departments and agencies. The Act empowered the Inspectors General to curb waste, fraud, and abuse and promote economy and efficiency in government operations. In the 40 years since, the IG community has grown to include 73 statutory Inspectors General, both presidentially appointed and appointed by agency heads, who collectively oversee the operations of nearly all aspects of federal government. Throughout the year, we will commemorate the significant contributions the IG community has made toward better government, and mark the way forward for our oversight functions. Keep your eye on this page for information about anniversary events and historical content about the role and contributions of federal Inspectors General.

Upcoming Commemoration Events

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency is pleased to collaborate with The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and academia to commemorate the historic passage of the Inspector General Act on its 40th anniversary. Learn more about these events on the dates and venues below.

Press Release: Fall Series of Events to Commemorate 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight

October 12, 2018 — Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA

Forty years to the day that President Jimmy Carter signed the Inspector General Act of 1978, a panel discussion on the historical impact of the Inspectors General will be hosted at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. The Museum will also display an exhibit to commemorate the Inspectors General throughout the month of October.

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Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

November 13, 2018 — University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago, IL

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy will host an evening lecture for students, faculty, staff, and members of the Inspector General community. The lecture will focus on a historical overview of Inspectors General and the ways Inspector General offices work within the local governance structure to perform effective oversight.

Location: University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, 1155 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Lecture: 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Room 142

Reception: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Harris Café (space is adjacent to the lecture hall)

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