U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the nomination today of a full-time Inspector General at the U.S. State Department is long overdue. President Barack Obama nominated Steve A. Linick as State Department Inspector General, filling a 5-year vacancy.
"A full time, independent watchdog at the State Department is essential to protect the interest of taxpayers. While this nomination is long overdue, I appreciate the president responding to the concerns that I've expressed to him and Secretary Kerry regarding this vacancy, and I look forward to getting to know the nominee as our committee considers his fitness for this important position," said Corker.
Earlier this month, Corker and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., wrote the president urging him to nominate permanent Inspectors General at the State Department and USAID to identify "ineffective programs, process weaknesses, and wasteful spending that undermine public confidence in government."