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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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Rep. Russell’s IG Subpoena Authority Act Passes OGR

February 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed the IG Subpoena Authority Act (H.R. 4917), which was introduced by Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) earlier this month. The bill passed unanimously by voice vote.

H.R. 4917 enhances the ability of the Inspectors General to investigate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in federal agencies and departments. It would authorize Inspectors General to issue testimonial subpoenas for contractors, grant recipients, and former federal employees. The bill will help prevent those who abuse power or escape wrongdoing from simply leaving federal employment and refusing to comply with IG investigations. To address concerns of abuse of power, this legislation also creates a panel to review any subpoena and requires notice to the Attorney General before subpoenas can be issued to preserve the integrity of ongoing Department of Justice investigations.

Russell commented on the passage of H.R. 4917 out of OGR, stating: “When an IRS official can simply walk into retirement or a government executive can simply resign and therefore no longer be subject to IG investigations, the American people get angry. This bill will help hold wrongdoers accountable and will give the Department of Justice the same types of tools that our Department of Defense currently has.”

Three of Russell’s bills (H.R. 194, H.R. 195, and H.R. 2196) have passed the House in the 115th Congress, and two out of these three have already been signed into law by President Trump.