Lawmakers offer warning to OMB - TheHill.com
If this guy is telling the truth, and I see no reason why he wouldn't be, then this should be investigated fully. It's absolutely improper for White House agencies to be trying to influence Inspector Generals.Key House Democrats are looking into whether White House officials attempted to thwart the law on government inspectors general.
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said late on Tuesday that they are concerned about potential actions by the Office of Management and Budget, led by Peter Orszag.
The members are looking at a situation detailed in a letter from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general. Patrick McFarland, the inspector general, said his office received a "not so veiled threat from OMB" concerning his office's ability to comment to Congress about its proposed budget.
"I am alerting you about a very serious matter that represents an attempt to thwart an authority provided to us by the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 and that creates a risk of compromising our operational independence," McFarland told lawmakers.
McFarland described a situation in which his office felt like OMB "will make life miserable" for it on issues pending before Congress.