Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
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The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) was statutorily established, as an independent entity, within the United States executive branch by the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 to address integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual Government agencies; and increase the professionalism and effectiveness of personnel by developing policies, technical standards, and approaches to aid in the establishment of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce in the offices of the Inspectors General.
The CIGIE is composed of all federal U.S. Inspectors General whose offices are established under section 2 or section 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), those that are Presidentially-appointed/Senate-confirmed and those that are appointed by agency heads (designated federal entities). This includes: Inspector General of federal Agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Agency for International Development. The 2008 Inspector General Reform Act combined the former PCIE and ECIE into CIGIE.  The CIGIE currently consists of 73 Federal Offices of Inspector General.
The Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the Executive Chair of the Council. The Chair of the Council is elected by the Council members to serve a 2-year term. The Chair appoints a Vice Chair from other than the category from which the Chair was elected. Other statutory members of the CIGIE include: the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, the Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, a senior level official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) designated by the Director of the FBI, Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE)Special Counsel of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Inspectors General of the Library of Congress, United States Capitol Police, Government Printing Office (GPO), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Architect of the Capitol.
Prior to the establishment of the CIGIE, the federal Inspectors General operated under the auspices of two councils, The President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) and the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency (ECIE) from the time they were established by Executive Order 12805, May 11, 1992 until the signing of P.L. 110-409.
To accomplish its mission, the CIGIE:
- continually identify, review, and discuss areas of weakness and vulnerability in Federal programs and operations with respect to fraud, waste, and abuse;
- develop plans for coordinated, Government wide activities that address these problems and promote economy and efficiency in Federal programs and operations, including interagency and interentity audit, investigation, inspection, and evaluation programs and projects to deal efficiently and effectively with those problems concerning fraud and waste that exceed the capability or jurisdiction of an individual agency or entity;
- develop policies that will aid in the maintenance of a corps of well-trained and highly skilled Office of Inspector General personnel;
- maintain an Internet website and other electronic systems for the benefit of all Inspectors General; maintain 1 or more academies as the Council considers desirable for the professional training of auditors, investigators, inspectors, evaluators, and other personnel of the various offices of Inspector General;
- submit recommendations of individuals to the appropriate appointing authority for any appointment to an office of Inspector General described under subsection (b)(1)(A) or (B);
- make such reports to the United States Congress as the Chairperson determines are necessary or appropriate; and perform other duties within the authority and jurisdiction of the Council, as appropriate.
- Jeffrey D. Zients, CIGIE Executive Chair (origin: Deputy Director for Management/CPO, Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President of the United States)
- Phyllis K. Fong, CIGIE Chair (origin: US Department of Agriculture IG)
- Lynne A. McFarland, CIGIE Vice-Chair (origin: Federal Election Commission IG)
- Carl Hoecker, current chairman of the investigations committee.
- Pub.L. 110–409, 122 Stat. 4302–4317, enacted October 14, 2008
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