Congressional Requests for Information From Inspectors General Concerning Open Criminal Investigations

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Long-established executive branch policy and practice, based on consideration of both Congress’ oversight authority and principles of executive privilege, require that in the absence of extraordinary circumstances an Inspector General must decline to provide confidential information about an open criminal investigation in response to a request pursuant to Congress’ oversight authority.

The reporting provisions of the Inspector General Act do not require Inspectors General to disseminate to Congress confidential information pertaining to open criminal investigations.

Updated July 9, 2014