U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times

Brookings Institution Press
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How officials reporting to both executive officials and congressional representatives work to keep the government honest, efficient, and effective.

Inspectors general are important players in the federal government, and their work often draws considerable public attention when one of them uncovers serious misdeeds or mismanagement that make the headlines. This book by two experts in public policy provides a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of how inspectors general have operated in the four decades since Congress established the offices to investigate waste, fraud, and mismanagement at federal agencies and to promote efficiency and effectiveness in government programs.

Unique among federal officials, inspectors general are independent of the agencies they monitor, and they report to the executive and legislative branches of government. One key factor in their independence is that they are expected to be non-partisan and carry out their work without regard to partisan interests.

The authors of U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times emphasize the “strategic environment” in which inspectors general work and interact with a variety of stakeholders, inside and outside the government. Their new book is based on in-depth case studies, a survey of inspectors general, and a review of public documents related to the work of inspectors general. It will be of interest to scholars and students of public policy and public management, journalists, and ordinary citizens interested in how the government works—or doesn’t work—on their behalf.

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About the author

Charles Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Dean Emeritus of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.

Kathryn Newcomer is a Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.

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Publisher
Brookings Institution Press
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Published on
Dec 3, 2019
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780815737780
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / American Government / National
Political Science / Corruption & Misconduct
Political Science / Public Affairs & Administration
Political Science / Public Policy / General
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