Argall supports effort to promote independence of state Inspector General

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) is co-sponsoring a bill that would certify the Office of the Inspector General and ensure the office can operate independently.

The Office of the Inspector General was created in 1987 and serves as one of the Pennsylvania’s most important fiscal watchdogs to identify and prevent waste, fraud and abuse. However, because the Inspector General is a cabinet-level official who is appointed by and reports to the governor, the office cannot maintain its independence.

Senate Bill 1025 would establish the office by law and provide for Senate confirmation of all future appointees. The bill also establishes regulations for the appointment, term and duties of the office, including setting a six-year term that ensures the tenure of the Inspector General overlaps with those of the Governor of Pennsylvania.

“Eliminating waste and misconduct in state government has been a point of emphasis for the General Assembly over the past several years, and the Office of Inspector General is well-equipped to handle the enormous responsibility of preventing the misuse of public dollars,” Argall said. “Codifying the office in state law will ensure it can serve as an effective partner in protecting taxpayers without being beholden to any individual.”

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