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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 Keep your eye on this page for information about anniversary events and historical content about the role and contributions of federal Inspectors General.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

As CIGIE continues our year-long effort to commemorate the impact of the Inspector General Act of 1978, we are pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting an evening lecture with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy on November 13, 2018. This event, designed for students, faculty, staff, and members of the IG community, will focus on a historical overview of IGs and will highlight recent work in support of effective oversight including a discussion about the Department of Transportation OIG’s Takata airbag case. The event will be followed by a networking reception where University of Chicago students and other attendees can interact with our presenters and agency representatives.

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

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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