President’s Message


Dear Association Members and Friends,

“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

(Winston Churchill)

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed the Inspector General Empowerment Act into law. With the passage of this legislation, federal inspectors general will now be guaranteed access to information necessary to do their jobs. This was a landmark victory for the entire community of Inspectors General.  There were many developments that led to this legislation being pursued, not the least of which was the position taken by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that the words “all records” in Section 6(a) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, did not actually mean “all records”; and therefore, the DOJ Inspector General would not be allowed access to required information.  It was the consensus of the IG community that this interpretation defied common sense and clearly undermined the original intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978.

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to announce the election of three new members to our Board of Directors:

  • Glenda Arrington, Inspector General, Defense Media Activity
  • Nicholas J. Schuler, Inspector General, Chicago Board of Education
  • Kim Widup, Retired U.S. Marshal

They will serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2017

2017 Winter Jacksonville, FL Inspector General Institute® is SOLD OUT!

We received an overwhelming response for applications to attend the annual winter Inspector General Institute® in Jacksonville, Florida. There will be over 130 attendees.
The next institute will be held in New York City, the week of August 14 – 18, 2017. We anticipate opening the application period in May.