Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) proposed a new bill that would give “inspectors general more tools to investigate agencies and ferret out improper payments, and it helps ensure the independence of our federal watchdogs.” Congress recently heard complaints for several federal inspectors general about stonewalls from agencies during investigations.

In addition to the new bill, the senators sent letters to 72 federal inspectors general requesting information about unimplemented recommendations or interference from agencies in investigations. The bill would allow inspectors general “limited authority for subpoenas” and “to gather and compare computer matching data from agencies.”

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