In 1976 I began my career in the federal government as a GS clerk at the FBI. Later that year I was hired as a uniformed officer at the Secret Service and assigned to the White House Division. Gerald Ford was the post Watergate POTUS. Jimmy Carter was elected in November of that year.
There were no statutory Inspector General (IG) offices in 1976. Each agency had their own internal affairs office office of investigation. Today there are 73 offices of inspectors general and no clerks.
Carter started the unprecedented growth of government and political correctness, the cancer that is killing our Republic. “Clerk” was replaced with the PC title of “investigative assistant” somewhere along the way to the mess of today.
The 73 Federal offices of inspectors general is a significant increase in government growth by any standards since the statutory creation of the Inspector General Act of 1978, called for only 12 offices. Most were unarmed because the FBI did not want to give up any of their turf. Over the next couple of decades practically all the IG offices began arming their criminal investigators so they could go after criminals. Imagine that?
The IG offices employ special agents (criminal investigators, most armed) and auditors. In addition, federal offices of inspectors general employ forensic auditors, or “audigators,” evaluators, inspectors, administrative investigators, and a variety of other specialists.
Their activities are suppose to include the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of the government programs and operations within their parent organizations. Office investigations may be internal, targeting government employees, or external, targeting grant recipients, contractors, or recipients of the various loans and subsidies offered through the thousands of federal domestic and foreign assistance programs.
The Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 (IGRA) amended the 1978 Act by increasing pay and various powers and creating the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).
The majority of criminal investigators in the many offices of inspectors general are armed criminal investigators. But in a few offices, like the screwed up, New York influenced Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the criminal investigators are NOT armed. That’s right, the 1811 criminal investigators at the SEC are UNARMED special agents.
The SEC Office of Inspector General dropped the ball and let liberal NYSE types influence them, allowing for Bernie Madoff to happen. Even Obama knew there had to be a shake up and eventually David Weber was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, the head of the criminal investigators.
Weber came from the Office of Controller of the Currency IG, another toothless, unarmed office of criminal investigators. At the SEC Weber proposed arming his special agents, something that has happened in just about every other real IG office. How many criminal investigators in the United States are unarmed? Usually it’s only the ones on the rubber gun squad, those on administrative leave.
Not only are all criminal investigators at the SEC unarmed, Weber has been place on the rubber gun squad for proposing that the IG arm SEC special agents like most of the other criminal investigators in this country. This is America not Great Britain. They are the ones we revolted against, remember? See American Revolution on Wiki for details since it appears schools don’t teach American History.
Apparently, the pussified New York staff got their panties in a wad when Weber proposed arming SEC IG criminal investigators. Go figure?
Weber has been place on administrative leave for openly talking about wanting his agents to carry concealed firearms. Some pussified NYC employees complained that made him a physical threat! Sounds like something you would expect to read on April 1. But I kid you not!
Only in America can a criminal investigator be put on the rubber gun squad for proposing that fully trained (including firearms) graduates of the fully trained Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), arm themselves to do their LAW ENFORCEMENT job.
Unprecedented growth of the Nanny State is responsible for the pussification of America AKA: Political Correctness. God help us all.