Chairman McCaul Statement on DHS Inspector General Nomination

Nov 22, 2013 Issues: Oversight of DHS Management

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of John Roth for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG). Roth currently serves as the Director of the Office of Criminal Investigations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Chairman McCaul: “The Obama Administration has finally announced its nomination of John Roth for DHS Inspector General. DHS is the third-largest federal department and to have had no confirmed watchdog since February 2011 is a serious lapse in leadership on the part of the Administration. Over eight months ago, the Committee sent a bipartisan letter to the President urging him to swiftly appoint an IG and emphasized how imperative it is to hold DHS accountable. The work of the Office of the Inspector General remains invaluable and requires a credible individual who can restore the vital trust of Congress and the American people in the integrity of its audits and investigations.

"Nominating someone for IG is a good first step, but with more than 40% of the department's senior leadership positions still either vacant or having an "acting" placeholder, the vacuum of leadership at DHS has become a security problem in its own right. This administration should move quickly to fill the rest of these vacancies to allow DHS to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of securing the homeland.”

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