The Importance of Bureaucratic Oversight Mechanisms: The Case of the Inspector General

  • Carmen R. Apaza The American University


Inspectors General (IG) have been playing an extraordinary role in exposing fraud, waste and abuse as well as promoting efficiency in federal agencies. This year will be the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Inspector General Act (P. L. 95-452.) So, this is the perfect time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Inspectors General through a systematic evaluation of their interventions.

Author Biography

Carmen R. Apaza, The American University
Carmen R. Apaza is a PhD Candidate in Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs, American University. Her research interest focuses on ethics, public management, corruption and government. She received her Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Currently she is teaching “Organizing Public Services” at American University.