Disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for federal tax audits point to the need for an inspector general at the state level, says Connecticut Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield.
\”Every day we read about government becoming more secretive, more political, and less accountable to the public,\’\’ McKinney said. \”An Office of Inspector General helps to ensure government transparency and make sure your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent wisely.\”
McKinney has proposed creating a state office of inspector general in every legislative session for nearly a decade; he is raising the issue again this year.
His proposal would create a state Office of Inspector General, which would have the authority to conduct audits and investigations into all facets of state government. The office would be empowered to directly access all records of state agencies, subpoena information and documents; administer oaths when taking testimony, and receive and respond to complaints from agency employees, whose confidentiality would be protected.
To protect the integrity and impartiality of the office, Sen. McKinney has recommended the state inspector general be appointed by the Auditors of Public Accounts from a list provided by a bipartisan legislative group.