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 Lawmakers, protected to this day by National Guard troops, will hear from the inspector general of the Capitol Police this coming week. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows," 10 Apr. 2021 Capitol Police declined to comment on the inspector general's report. Michael Kaplan, CBS News, "Capitol Police inspector general slams department's January 6 planning," 1 Apr. 2021 The report had been kept under wraps by the inspector general's office until it was posted, without an announcement, on Feb. 26. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Agents found no evidence of backdated ballots, report says," 18 Mar. 2021 Unemployment fraud in the U.S. has reached dramatic levels during the pandemic — the Labor Department inspector general's office estimates that more than $63 billion has been paid out improperly through fraud or errors since March 2020. Sarah Skidmore Sell, USA TODAY, "Did someone else get unemployment benefits under your name? Here's what you can do.," 16 Mar. 2021 The Chicago Public Schools inspector general's office is investigating the allegations against the group to determine whether any students of the district were harmed, said the department's chief, Will Fletcher. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Chicago Public Schools suspends partnership with creative writing program over handling of sexual assault allegations," 6 Mar. 2021 Still, the inspector general's office did ultimately refer the case for criminal prosecution in late 2020, according to the report made public this week. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Who is Elaine Chao? Here's what to know about the former Transportation secretary," 5 Mar. 2021 Boston attorney Vince DeMore, who previously led the Suffolk County District Attorney’s drug lab unit, said that the SJC’s previous unwillingness to order the bulk dismissal of Hinton cases has been largely tied to the inspector general’s report., "More cases tied to scandal-plagued drug lab could be tossed in ‘nightmare scenario’ for state’s criminal justice system," 26 Mar. 2021 At the time of her departure, an aide to Ms. Chao said her resignation was unrelated to the inspector general’s investigation. New York Times, "Inspector General’s Report Cites Elaine Chao for Using Office to Help Family," 3 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 19 Apr. 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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