Friday, April 22, 2011

Obama Leaves Critical IG Positions Unfilled

If one were at all cynical one might ask why the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor don’t have Inspectors General. In President Obama’s continued war on government transparency, he has left 12 IG positions open. The two IG positions mentioned above just happen to be at agencies that are struggling with a perception of possible corruption at the worst and mismanagement if one were to be charitable.

Both agencies could be considered out of control. The Justice Department has given the appearance of deciding which cases to pursue based on the racial makeup of the parties and they are up to their necks in dodo over the Project Gunrunner fiasco. The Department of Labor is having its own issues such as issuing directives that give unions more freedoms and hinder businesses.

Adding more to the pile, prosecutions are also down over the past few years.

The number of successful prosecution fell from 8,961 in 2007 to 6,866 and then to 5,964 in 2009, despite a rapid growth in government employment and spending. The number of successful civil action fell from 1,277 in 2008* to 1,206 in 2008 to 1,102 in 2007* (PACNW Righty Note: I believe the years indicated (*) should be 2007 and 2009 respectively). The number of completed investigations fell from 33,740 in 2007 to 32,143 and then down to 28,256 in 2009.

Those numbers show a 33 percent drop in prosecutions, a 15 percent drop in successful civil actions, and 14 percent drop in completed cases over a three-year period. During the same period, the number of IG offices grew from 64 to 69, and the number of people employed in the IF offices grew from roughly 12,000 to 12,600. (Source: The Daily Caller)

I wonder if there are ever times when Barak Obama lies in his bed at night and questions why there are so many people out there who don’t trust him. It would be my guess that he doesn’t lose a moments sleep over all the controversy that surrounds his time in office.

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