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The Forward-Looking Inspector General Report

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Traditionally, any agency program that complies with federal law would receive a stamp of approval from an inspector general (IG)—even if it wasn’t effective.

But what if, in addition to inspecting for legal compliance, the IG also inspected to see if a program was working as intended and serving the American public?

In “The Forward-Looking Inspector General,” Grant Thornton and the Partnership for Public Service examine how IGs can contribute to agencies accomplishing their mission. By focusing as much on impact as they do on process, IGs can play a crucial role in helping government meet the needs of Americans. The new issue brief includes four key strategies IGs can use to move toward a more forward looking role.