U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Legislation on Strengthening Inspectors General Clears Senate Hurdle
Baldwin amendment to Inspector General Empowerment Act would dramatically improve transparency and accountability by requiring disclosure of all OIG reports that contain recommendations to the leadership of relevant agencies or departments, Congressional oversight committees, and individuals who may have requested the investigation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a business meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, a bipartisan amendment authored by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was unanimously approved. The provision would amend the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015, which Senator Baldwin has cosponsored, to require all Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that make recommendations as a result of investigations, audits or other activities to be sent directly to the head of the agency or department. In addition, under Baldwin’s provision, these reports will be available to the public and submitted directly to relevant Congressional oversight committees. Lastly, if the OIG initiated an investigation based on information provided by a private citizen, the report containing recommendations would also be shared with that individual.
Last week at a Senate Veterans Committee hearing, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald and Interim Under VA Secretary for Health Dr. Carolyn Clancy, acknowledged that the VA never received, and never requested, a Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) inspection report of the Tomah VAMC that offered a series of recommendations. The VA OIG inspection report was launched in 2011 and closed in March 2014 and was not provided to those who initiated the investigation.
Baldwin’s amendment was cosponsored by Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI). In addition, Baldwin cosponsored and supported an amendment offered by Chairman Johnson to ensure that all OIG reports are made public. Both amendments are now included in the Inspector General Empowerment Act which heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Bob Casey Introducing ‘Buy America’ Amendment to Water Infrastructure Bill, Call on Republican Leaders to Take ActionDec 6th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Republican House leadership removed the Buy America reform, which previously passed the Senate by 95-3
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Removal of ‘Buy America’ Reform in Water Infrastructure BillDec 5th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“By removing my Buy America standard, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are embracing the status-quo in Washington.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Releases Statement on Nomination of Wealthy Insider with Deep Roots on Wall Street for Treasury SecretaryNov 30th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead do not want foxes guarding the hen house.”
Legislation aids Great Lakes communities by delivering next generation coastal data
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes for Bipartisan Reform to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care in Rural WisconsinNov 29th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Rural communities in Wisconsin and across the country face many challenges in accessing high-quality health care.
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Jeanne Shaheen, Ed Markey, and Joe Donnelly Call for Investments to Fight Opioid Epidemic in 21st Century Cures ActNov 23rd, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
In the letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid, the Senators stressed the need to provide immediate funding to address the opioid epidemic.