Integrity and Accountability in Government: Homeland by Carmen R. Apaza

By Carmen R. Apaza

The Inspector normal (IG)'s undertaking is to reveal fraud, waste and abuse in addition to selling potency in federal organisations. every year billions of greenbacks are back to the government or are higher spent in accordance with strategies from IGs reviews. IG investigations have additionally contributed to the prosecution of hundreds of thousands of wrongdoers together with contractors and public staff. With scarce literature on Inspectors normal (IGs), Apaza addresses this by means of taking a look at the Inspector basic for the dept of native land protection (DHS) which has confirmed to be of vital profit to the united states govt.

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They also maintain that IGs’ effectiveness (especially related to “financial integrity”) might be related to “improved detection of fraud and abuse” as well as with “increased recoveries,” or “improved procedures” for preventing fraud and abuse (Moore and Gates 1986: 56–58). ” Inspections strive to improve agency performance by evaluating processes and identifying and recommending corrective actions. In this regard, The Study Question and Method 15 Newcomer (1998) points out that IGs’ effectiveness may be seen by assessing the improvements made in program operations in response to IGs’ recommendations.

However, from the perspective of the 1993 Report of the National Performance Review (NPR,) the IGs were ineffective because they stifled innovation and risk taking (Gore 1993). , compelling employees to follow “every rule”) had a negative effect in some agencies. ” (Gore 1993: 32) This recommendation would mean that IGs reinforce their actions related to the promotion of efficiency and integrity of government programs. “Today, they look for waste, fraud and abuse. ” (Gore 1993:32) This recommendation would shift IGs’ traditional wrongdoings-detection audits and investigations to a performance‑auditing function.

Furthermore, DHS IG’s recommendation on adjusting DHS staff procurement to improve the procurement system led DHS to establish a plan aiming at aligning procurement staffing levels with contract spending at its various components by the last quarter of fiscal year 2009. This is just one instance of how DHS IG recommendations have been influencing overall performance of DHS in the long term. Overall, these outcomes challenge propositions 1 to 3 above and support propositions 4 and 5. This research analyzes these instances in depth to contrast IGs theories and build new ones.

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