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 At Metro, the inspector general does not have the same autonomy, but reports to the agency’s board, which has created friction for decades. Justin George, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 The inspector general described Dunn as a California pilot. David Koenig, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 Dunn was authorized to carry a gun as part of the Transportation Safety Administration's Federal Flight Deck Officer program, the inspector general said. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 31 Oct. 2023 Perhaps most strikingly, the inspector general suggested that NASA consider using commercial heavy-lift vehicles as an alternative to the SLS rocket for future Artemis missions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 During the 2022 fiscal year, the agency clawed back $4.7 billion of overpayments, while another $21.6 billion remained outstanding, according to a report by SSA's inspector general. David Hilzenrath, ABC News, 19 Sep. 2023 During the 2022 fiscal year, the agency retrieved $4.7 billion of overpayments, while another $21.6 billion remained outstanding, according to a report by SSA’s inspector general. David Hilzenrath and, ajc, 19 Sep. 2023 The Baltimore Board of Ethics, which is supervised by the city inspector general’s office, routinely fields questions from city officials about compliance with city ethics laws. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2023 The inspector general’s office, lacking the investigative power of law enforcement, including the ability to subpoena bank records, pushed for a criminal investigation. Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inspector general was in 1702

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“Inspector general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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