inspector general


Definition of inspector general 

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

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Emails to the foundation and its inspector general seeking comment were not immediately returned late Wednesday. James Rainey /, NBC News, "GOP senators challenge funding for global warming education program," 21 June 2018 The Justice Department's inspector general issued a report that criticized the FBI and its former director, James Comey, for the investigation into Clinton's email server. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson 'troubled' by ethics issues against EPA chief Scott Pruitt," 15 June 2018 The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday extended the contract of Ken Bramlett, its inspector general, by three months, though his job is far from secure and questions remain about the future direction of his watchdog office. Howard Blume,, "L.A. Unified gives inspector general brief contract extension," 13 June 2018 That prompted the department to ask the inspector general to investigate. Gray Rohrer,, "Faulty gun-permit holders may never be identified," 11 June 2018 McCaskill, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, asked the inspector general to examine whether those employment contracts violated federal anti-kickback laws. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "McCaskill calls for federal probe of $90 million billing scheme at Missouri hospital | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 Hours after Trump announced this demand on Twitter on Sunday, the Justice Department reportedly asked its inspector general to expand its review of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application process, looking into Trump’s concerns. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump Demanded a Probe of Possible Campaign 'Infiltration.' The Justice Department Responded—Carefully," 21 May 2018 According to a new report from the HHS inspector general, 20 of the 21 official trips taken by Price during his brief tenure violated federal travel regulations. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Auditor: Tom Price Owes Government $341,000 for Unauthorized Travel Expenses," 13 July 2018 The most recent example is the naked attempt by the acting secretary at Department of Veterans Affairs to control, if not intimidate, its inspector general. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Inspectors generals are celebrated as VA tried to intimidate its IG," 10 July 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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

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