WASHINGTON — Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to include an amendment from United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) as part of H.R. 2662, the IG Independence and Empowerment Act. The bill ensures Inspectors General can effectively carry out their duties without intimidation or fear of retaliation. The amendment, authored by Congresswoman Bourdeaux, requires that Inspectors General are trained in suspension and debarment, the processes which ban fraudulent or wasteful federal contractors from receiving additional government contracts.
“Without the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audit of the Georgia Department of Labor, we wouldn’t have any answers about the thousands of Georgians who are still waiting for their UI claims. As I work to ensure the federal government is a good steward of taxpayer dollars, my amendment would ensure the OIG is trained to prevent wasteful government contractors from winning additional federal contracts,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “Inspectors General are critical in the fight to prevent government waste, fraud, and abuse, and we must equip them with the proper training for vigilant oversight of taxpayer funds.”
The IG Independence and Empowerment Act increases autonomy and independence among IGs by expanding their training requirements and specifications, requiring that Congress be notified before an IG is placed on non-duty status, granting IGs the authority to subpoena witnesses who are not currently government employees for testimony, and more.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.