Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants President Barack Obama to fill nine vacant inspector general slots in the federal government, including at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, according to a letter he signed Tuesday.
Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, joined two other Democrats, an independent and four Republicans on the letter. Included in that list is California Rep. Darrell Issa, Cummings' Republican counterpart on the oversight committee.
"We have serious concerns that the lack of permanent inspector generals at so many federal agencies is impeding the federal government's efforts to increase efficiencies and detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse," the letter read.
Cabinet level agencies without a permanent inspector general include the departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Labor and Housing and Urban Development, according to the letter.
In addition to Cummings and Issa, the letter was signed by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and John Tierney, D-Mass.