inspector general


Definition of inspector general

: a person who heads an inspectorate or a system of inspection (as of an army)

Examples of inspector general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The office is also the subject of a pair of unrelated inspector general probes, one related to possible failures leading up to January 6, and one related to alleged political interference with an intelligence notification. Zachary Cohen And Katie Bo Williams, CNN, "Biden team may partner with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online," 3 May 2021 Miller served as an inspector general for the General Services Administration from 2005 to 2014. Alan Rappeport, Star Tribune, "Inspector general for pandemic relief funds warns of oversight breakdown," 1 May 2021 The watchdog positions of the oversight committee and inspector general were created as checks in the aftermath of department scandals before Villanueva’s tenure as sheriff. New York Times, "Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful," 19 Apr. 2021 Allegations about the Pompeos' behavior came shortly after the Trump administration fired the former department inspector general, Steve Linick, in May 2020. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Mike Pompeo and his wife violated ethics rules at State Department, inspector general finds," 16 Apr. 2021 The inspector general who prepared it, Michael A. Bolton, was scheduled to testify before Lofgren’s committee Thursday. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security," 15 Apr. 2021 Yet, today there are believed to be 8,000 to 16,000 fighters still active in Iraq and Syria, according to a 2020 report to Congress from the lead inspector general. Sohel Uddin, ABC News, "In Iraq, scars of ISIS linger on surviving families trying to find stability," 8 Apr. 2021 The two sides have been at odds after the inspector general’s February report on Mosby. Tim Prudente,, "Baltimore NAACP chapter demands meeting of inspector general oversight board after Marilyn Mosby investigation," 7 Apr. 2021 Moore served as former inspector general with the Tennessee Valley Authority. al, "Alabama Power coal ash plan a ‘travesty,’ former US Attorney says," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of inspector general

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Inspector general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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: a person who is in charge of a group of inspectors or a system of inspection

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