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Inspector General Reform Act of 2008

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Improving Government Accountability Act

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Improving Government Accountability Act

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Improving Government Accountability Act

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Inspector General Reform Act of 2008

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To amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to enhance the independence of the Inspectors General, to create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (9)

Date Actions Overview
10/14/2008Became Public Law No: 110-409. (TXT | PDF)
10/14/2008Signed by President.
10/03/2008Presented to President.
09/27/2008Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 414 - 0 (Roll No. 661).
09/24/2008Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/24/2008Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
10/03/2007Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 404 - 11 (Roll no. 937).
09/27/2007Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government. H. Rept. 110-354.
02/08/2007Introduced in House

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Date Chamber All Actions
10/14/2008Became Public Law No: 110-409. (TXT | PDF)
10/14/2008Signed by President.
10/03/2008HousePresented to President.
09/27/2008-4:38pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/27/2008-4:38pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 414 - 0 (Roll No. 661).
09/25/2008-11:02amHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Shays objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
09/25/2008-10:56amHouseThe House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 928.
09/25/2008-10:55amHouseMr. Towns moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H9877-9882)
09/25/2008SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
09/24/2008SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/24/2008SenateS.Amdt.5644 Amendment SA 5644 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
09/24/2008SenateS.Amdt.5644 Amendment SA 5644 proposed by Senator Salazar for Senator McCaskill. (consideration: CR S9434) To amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) to enhance the Offices of the Inspectors General, to create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other purposes.
09/24/2008SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S9434)
09/24/2008SenateSenate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
10/04/2007SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
10/03/2007-2:32pmHouseThe Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 928.
10/03/2007-2:31pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/03/2007-2:31pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 404 - 11 (Roll no. 937).
10/03/2007-2:24pmHouseH.Amdt.836 On agreeing to the Towns amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/03/2007-2:24pmHouseH.Amdt.836 The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A006) without objection. (consideration: CR H11201-11202)
10/03/2007-2:23pmHouseH.Amdt.836 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Towns. (consideration: CR H11202-11203; text: CR H11202)
10/03/2007-2:23pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 274 - 144 (Roll no. 936). (consideration: CR H11202)
10/03/2007-2:02pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H11201)
10/03/2007-1:53pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tom Davis (VA) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment adding a new section which provides for annual Inspector General performance reviews of Federal programs and agencies.
10/03/2007-1:53pmHouseMr. Davis, Tom moved to recommit with instructions to Oversight and Government Reform. (consideration: CR H11200-11204; text: CR H11200-11201)
10/03/2007-1:51pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text: CR H11191-11194)
10/03/2007-1:51pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H11200)
10/03/2007-1:50pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 928.
10/03/2007-1:50pmHouseH.Amdt.831 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment (A001) Agreed to by recorded vote: 217 - 192 (Roll no. 935).
10/03/2007-1:25pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
10/03/2007-1:25pmHouseH.Amdt.835 On agreeing to the Gillibrand amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/03/2007-1:21pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 701, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gillibrand amendment.
10/03/2007-1:20pmHouseH.Amdt.835 Amendment (A005) offered by Mrs. Gillibrand. (consideration: CR H11198-11199; text: CR H11198-11199)
10/03/2007-1:20pmHouseH.Amdt.834 On agreeing to the Miller (NC) amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/03/2007-1:13pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 701, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Miller (NC) amendment.
10/03/2007-1:13pmHouseH.Amdt.834 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Miller (NC). (consideration: CR H11198; text: CR H11198)
10/03/2007-1:13pmHouseH.Amdt.833 On agreeing to the Miller (NC) amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/03/2007-1:06pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 701, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Miller (NC) amendment.
10/03/2007-1:05pmHouseH.Amdt.833 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Miller (NC). (consideration: CR H11196-11198; text: CR H11196-11197)
10/03/2007-1:05pmHouseH.Amdt.832 On agreeing to the Davis, Tom amendment (A002) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/03/2007-1:00pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 701, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tom Davis (VA) amendment.
10/03/2007-1:00pmHouseH.Amdt.832 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Davis, Tom. (consideration: CR H11195-11196; text: CR H11195)
10/03/2007-12:59pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Conyers amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Jordan demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
10/03/2007-12:50pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 701, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers amendment.
10/03/2007-12:49pmHouseH.Amdt.831 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Conyers. (consideration: CR H11194-11195, H11199-11200; text: CR H11194)
10/03/2007-12:20pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 928.
10/03/2007-12:20pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 701 and Rule XVIII.
10/03/2007-12:20pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Brian Baird to act as Chairman of the Committee.
10/03/2007-12:19pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 928 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill.
10/03/2007-12:19pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 701. (consideration: CR H11187-11203)
10/03/2007-12:02pmHouseRule H. Res. 701 passed House.
10/02/2007-6:41pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 701 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 928 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now printed in the bill.
09/27/2007HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 219.
09/27/2007HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government. H. Rept. 110-354.
08/02/2007HouseOrdered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
08/02/2007HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
03/23/2007HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
02/08/2007HouseReferred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
02/08/2007HouseIntroduced in House

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Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Oversight and Government Reform02/08/2007 Referred to
08/02/2007 Markup by
09/27/2007 Reported by H. Rept. 110-354
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement03/23/2007 Referred to
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs10/04/2007 Referred to
09/24/2008 Discharged from

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Public Law No: 110-409 (10/14/2008)

Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 - (Sec. 2) Amends the Inspector General Act of 1978 to require Inspectors General (IGs) for designated federal entities to be appointed without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.

(Sec. 3) Requires the President and the heads of designated federal entities to communicate to Congress in writing the reasons for removing or transferring an IG no later than 30 days before such removal or transfer.

(Sec. 4) Sets the pay for presidentially appointed IGs at Executive Schedule III plus 3%. Requires IGs of designated federal entities to be classified at a grade, level, or rank designation at or above those of a majority of the senior level executives of their entity. Limits the total increase in pay to such IGs for any pay adjustments made before FY2013. Prohibits: (1) the pay of such an IG from being less than the average total compensation of the senior level executives of that entity calculated on an annual basis; or (2) the pay of specified career federal employees, not including any bonus or performance award, from being reduced as a result of being appointed to the position of Inspector General.

(Sec. 5) Prohibits IGs from receiving cash awards or bonuses.

(Sec. 6) Requires each IG to: (1) appoint a Counsel to the IG; (2) obtain the services of a counsel appointed by and directly reporting to another IG on a reimbursable basis; or (3) obtain the services of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency's staff on a reimbursable basis.

(Sec. 7) Establishes within the executive branch the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to: (1) address integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual government agencies; and (2) increase the professionalism and effectiveness of personnel by developing policies, standards, and approaches to aid in the establishment of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce in the IG offices. Requires the Council to: (1) continually identify, review, and discuss areas of weakness and vulnerability in federal programs and operations with respect to fraud, waste, and abuse; (2) develop plans for coordinated, government-wide activities that address these problems and promote economy and efficiency in federal programs and operations; (3) develop policies that will aid in the maintenance of a corps of well-trained and highly skilled IG office personnel; (4) maintain electronic systems for the benefit of all IGs and one or more academies for the professional training of auditors, investigators, inspectors, evaluators, and other personnel; (5) submit individuals' recommendations for any IG appointment to the appropriate authority; and (6) report to Congress.

Allows the Council's Executive Chairperson to authorize the use of interagency funding for: (1) government-wide training of IG office employees; and (2) the functions of the Integrity Committee of the Council.

Authorizes the Council to: (1) establish in the Treasury a revolving fund to be called the Inspectors General Council Fund; or (2) enter into an arrangement with a department or agency to use an existing revolving fund. Authorizes such Fund to be used to implement the Council's functions and duties and to maintain training academies.

Establishes an Integrity Committee for the Council to review and refer for investigation allegations of wrongdoing that are made against IGs and IG office staff members. Sets forth requirements concerning when an IG must refer allegations against its staff to the Committee. Requires investigations to be conducted in accordance with the most current Quality Standards for Investigations issued by the Council or its predecessors. Requires the Committee, in conjunction with the Council Chairperson, to establish additional policies and procedures necessary to ensure fairness and consistency in: (1) determining whether to initiate investigations; (2) conducting investigations; (3) reporting the results of investigations; and (4) providing people who are subjects of investigations with opportunities to respond to Committee reports.

Sets forth reporting requirements for the Committee and the Council. Requires the Council to provide detailed information about specific allegations upon request from the chairperson or ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the congressional committees of jurisdiction.

Provides that an allegation against the Special Counsel of the Office of Special Counsel or the Deputy Special Counsel may be received, reviewed, and referred for investigation by the Committee to the same extent and in the same manner as an allegation against an IG.

Declares that: (1) this Act does not eliminate access to the Merit Systems Protection Board for review; and (2) Executive Order 12805, dated May 11, 1992, and Executive Order 12993, dated March 21, 1996, shall have no force or effect beginning on the earlier of the date on which the Council becomes operational or 180 days after this Act's enactment. Requires the Council to be operational no later than 180 days after this Act's enactment. Requires the IG to adopt policies and procedures to implement this Act that include, to the maximum extent practicable, all provisions in such orders.

(Sec. 8) Requires: (1) each IG to annually transmit a budget estimate and request to the head of the entity to which he or she reports; (2) such requests to specify the funds requested for operations, training needs, and Council support; (3) the head of each entity to include in a proposed budget to the President amounts for such purposes and its IG's comments on the proposal; and (4) the President to include in each U.S. budget submitted to Congress a statement of each IG's budget estimates, the amounts for such purposes requested by the President, and any comments of an IG who concludes that the budget submitted would substantially inhibit the IG from performing the duties of office.

(Sec. 10) Includes designated federal entities within the definition of "authority" for purposes of provisions concerning administrative remedies for false claims and statements.

(Sec. 11) Empowers IGs of designated federal entities with the same law enforcement authority provided to other IGs.

(Sec. 12) Provides for the application of semiannual reporting requirements concerning the activities of IG offices to inspection and evaluation reports.

(Sec. 13) Requires agencies to maintain on their website homepages direct links to the website of their IG office. Requires each IG to: (1) post reports and audits no later than three working days after such reports or audits are made publicly available; and (2) maintain a direct link on the office's website homepage for individuals to report waste, fraud, and abuse. Provides that reporting individuals shall not be required to provide personally identifying information. Prohibits agency IGs from disclosing the identity of any individual making a report without consent unless such a disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation.

Makes conforming changes to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2008 and repeals provisions that require each Office of Inspector General to provide a website service to allow an individual to request automatic receipt of related information and receive its electronic transmittal or notice of its availability without further request.

(Sec. 14) Considers each IG office to be a separate federal agency.

Provides that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration may provide physical security for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees but shall not be responsible for protecting the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.