State Department Still Without Internal WatchdogTweet
February 12, 2013
In the picture above, Secretary of State John Kerry addresses State Department staff and military personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. You may recall the investigation we published last month that raised serious security concerns at the embassy, specifically oversight of the embassy’s private security force.
We hope Kerry was telling the staff he would be making the hiring of a permanent inspector general (IG) at the State Department and improving embassy security top priorities.
Effective oversight requires a strong IG, and the State Department leads a group of eight agencies that are without a permanent IG. The State Department has gone a staggering 1,854 days (more than five years) without a permanent IG.
If you think this is as outrageous as we do, add your name to our letter to Secretary Kerry and tell him to strengthen oversight at the State Department.
Image from the U.S. Department of State.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: Government Accountability
Authors: Andre Francisco
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