Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa Thursday sought data on the process of investigating government watchdogs accused of wrongdoing.
A recent case involving the inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration took almost two years to resolve while the inspector general was on paid leave, prompting concerns that the investigative process is too slow.
Grassley contends that Congress needs to review Integrity Committee data to consider improvements to the process. He asked for data on the number of complaints to the integrity committee; the length of time to process such complaints, including key determinations and decision-making; and how often complaints result in integrity committee or criminal investigations.
Grassley and other observers have noted that the integrity committee might meet too infrequently to resolve complaints in a timely fashion.
Also, agencies might have an incentive to delay the process, such as by making multiple submissions or re-submitting allegations, to extend the period of operating without a permanent watchdog.