1978 October 12

Inspector General Act Passed; A New Approach to Government Accountability


The U.S. Congress on this day passed the Inspector General Act, which requires that all federal agencies establish an Office of the Inspector General. The little-known law is one of the great steps in the direction of accountability for federal agencies. The Inspector General Act was one of many reforms enacted in the post-Watergate years designed to enhance the accountability of federal agencies to the public.

See the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gov/oig/

And the Office of Inspector General for the CIA: https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/inspector-general/

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