NASA v. FLRA, 527 U.S. 229, 10 (1999)

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NASA v. FLRA

Opinion of the Court

Section 2 of the IGA explains the purpose of the Act and establishes "an office of Inspector General" in each of a list of identified federal agencies, thereby consolidating audit and investigation responsibilities into one agency component. It provides:

"In order to create independent and objective units—

"(1) to conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the establishments listed in section 11(2);

"(2) to provide leadership and coordination and recommend policies for activities designed (A) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of, and (B) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in, such programs and operations; and

"(3) to provide a means for keeping the head of the establishment and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of such programs and operations and the necessity for and progress of corrective action; "there is hereby established in each of such establishments an office of Inspector General." 5 U. S. C. App. 2, p. 1381.

NASA is one of more than 20 "establishment[s]" now listed in 11(2).3

Section 3 of the IGA provides that each of the offices created by 2 shall be headed by an Inspector General appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate, "without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public adminis-3 Such establishments are described as "agencies" in other federal legislation, such as the FSLMRS. See 5 U. S. C. 101-105, 7103(a)(3). Note also that other OIG's were created by subsequent amendments to the IGA and may be structured differently than those OIGs, such as NASA's, discussed in the text. See, e. g., 5 U. S. C. App. 8, 8E, 8G.

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