Several members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the President “asking him to name a new inspector general for the Department of the Interior.” This letter follows a similar letter sent by Senate members in April requesting the President to fill the 10 vacant IG positions in the federal government. House Majority Leader Keven McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Bob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rep. Kevin Calvert (R-CA) all signed the letter to the President.

The Department of the the Interior has been without a permanent IG since February 2009 and the temporary leadership has faced controversy recently. “Many acting inspectors perform admirably despite lacking the imprimatur of the Senate and the White House. Because acting inspectors general are inherently less independent than their permanent counterparts, however, stakeholders do not have full confidence that their work is credible.”

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