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The Government's Busy Watchdogs: What They Do And Where They Struggle

Inspectors general throughout Washington, D.C., are involved in oversight of everything from travel by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator's travel to ongoing FBI investigations.
Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, swears in to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last year. Source: Andrew Harrer

These are busy times for Washington's inspectors general — one of the most important jobs you've probably never heard of.

Just on Friday, a Justice Department watchdog said former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about contacts between the bureau and a Wall Street Journal reporter about the FBI's probe into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe, whose lawyer said he acted well within his authority, was fired last month.

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