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NCJ Number: 67354 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PREPARED STATEMENT OF DEANNE C SIEMER, GENERAL COUNSEL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (FROM LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH OFFICES OF INSPECTOR GENERAL - HR 8588, 1978 - SEE NCJ-67352)
Author(s): J C SIEMER
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on Governmental Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) ARGUES AT A 1978 SENATE HEARING THAT PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICES IN 12 GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD NOT APPLY TO DOD.
Abstract: THE DOD OPPOSES APPLICATION OF THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO ITS AGENCY FOR THREE REASONS. FIRST, THE REORGANIZATION BY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE OF PARTS OF THE DEPARTMENT'S AUDIT AND INVESTIGATIVE FUNCTIONS IS TAILORED TO MEET THE DEPARTMENT'S UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS AND WILL ALSO MEET THE BILL'S OBJECTIVES. THE DEPARTMENT HAS BOTH GENERAL AUDITING AND INVESTIGATIVE BRANCHES AND BRANCHES WITHIN EACH OF THE MILITARY SERVICES. THE RECENT REORGANIZATION ACHIEVES THE BILL'S GOALS OF CENTRAL LEADERSHIP AND INDEPENDENCE, ADEQUACY AND INTERRELATIONSHIP OF RESOURCES, AND AFFIRMATIVE PROGRAMS TO SEEK OUT FRAUD, WASTE, AND MISMANAGEMENT. SECOND, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL SYSTEM SERVING DOD MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ITS COMPLEX CIVILIAN AND MILITARY ACTIVITIES. INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS POSE UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS FOR OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES. THIRD, IMPOSITION OF A NEW AND UNIFORM INSPECTOR GENERAL STRUCTURE ON TOP OF THE DEPARTMENT WOULD RESULT IN INEFFICIENT RIGIDITY THAT WOULD BE MUCH LESS EFFECTIVE THAN THE PRESENT SYSTEM IN MEETING THE BILL'S GOALS. FOR RELATED TESTIMONY, SEE NCJ 67353 AND 67355-67358. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Audits; Criminalistics; Critiques; Financial management; Fraud; Investigative powers; Program abuse; Regulations compliance
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