Making the Most of Your Resources: Working with Inspectors General

Inspectors general (IGs) are independent watchdogs within federal agencies and are essential to a well-functioning federal government. They’re also great allies for your oversight work. Find out more about IGs, what they do, and how to leverage their expertise and mission for your oversight work.

Apr 14, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • Clark K. Ervin, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs. Former Inspector General, the Department of Homeland Security (2003-2004), the Department of State (2001-2002) and, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (2001-2002). As a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice, Clark K. Ervin helps clients under investigation, or facing the prospect of investigation, by federal Offices of Inspector General, to craft, coordinate and implement strategic defenses. An integral member of the firm’s Homeland Security, Defense and Technology Transfer team, as well as our International Public Policy Practice, Clark also provides invaluable counsel to clients, both corporations and foreign sovereigns, on issues of national security and foreign policy. 

    Having served as Inspector General of three federal agencies during the administration of President George W. Bush, Clark brings extensive experience and notable expertise to the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. From 2003 to 2004, he served as the very first Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and from 2001 to 2002, as the Inspector General of the Department of State (State) and, simultaneously, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the global media arm of the US government.
  • Tim Camus, Former Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Mr. Timothy P. Camus (Tim) has served in the TIGTA organization as a Special Agent for 25 years. In June 2003, Mr. Camus was promoted into the Senior Executive Service and in January 2011, he was promoted to the position of the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations for TIGTA. As the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Mr. Camus is responsible for supervising all aspects of TIGTA’s law enforcement mission. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Camus served in various executive management capacities and supervisory special agent roles. He is the immediate past Chair of the CIGIE AIGI Committee. Prior to his service as a Federal Agent, Mr. Camus served as an IRS Revenue Officer for six years.

    During his law enforcement career, Mr. Camus has successfully investigated domestic terrorism groups, death threats made against public officials, bribery and extortion cases as well as all other facets of white collar crime that impact the IRS. In 2008, Mr. Camus was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. In 2017, Mr. Camus was awarded a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

The session was hosted and moderated by Tim Stretton, Director of POGO's Congressional Oversight Initiative.

This virtual training is only open to staff in Congress, GAO, and CRS. We will record the presentation and may post it publicly. The Q&A portion will be off the record and will not be posted.

Disclaimer: Any reference to a person, or organization, or activity, product, or service related to such person or organization, and any linkage from this website to the website of another party, do not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the U.S. Government, the DOI OIG, HHS OIG, TIGTA OIG, DHS OIG, or CIGIE, or any of their employees.


Case Studies in Congressional Oversight, an example of the Senate and IG cooperating to stop an IRS impersonation scam.