U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times

March 12 | 1 p.m. ET

U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times looks at how officials reporting to both executive officials and congressional representatives work to keep the government honest, efficient and effective.

Inspectors general are important players in the federal government and their work often draws considerable public attention when one of them uncovers serious misdeeds or mismanagement that make headlines. This book, by two experts in public policy, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of how inspectors general have operated in the 40 years since Congress established the offices to investigate waste, fraud and mismanagement at federal agencies and to promote efficiency and effectiveness in government programs.

Newcomer and Johnson emphasize the “strategic environment” in which inspectors general work and interact with a variety of stakeholders, inside and outside the government. Their new book is based on in-depth case studies, a survey of inspectors general, and a review of public documents related to the work of inspectors general. It will be of interest to scholars and students of public policy and public management, journalists, and ordinary citizens interested in how the government works—or doesn’t work—on their behalf.

Charlie Johnson, Texas A&M University
John Kamensky, Moderator, The IBM Center for The Business of Government
Kathy Newcomer, The George Washington University