Who says that government work is dull? The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency recently held its 14th annual awards ceremony and the range of honorees gives some idea of the breadth of the assignments carried out by departmental and special watchdogs.
The winner of the Alexander Hamilton Award, for example, was the Bridge Safety Improvement Team at the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General, which was saluted for “significant contributions” to bridge safety through improvements to federal and state inspections and other oversight activities. The Sentner Award for Dedication and Courage went to a group at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for its audit work in ensuring that $11.4 billion of construction money was spent effectively. And a Health and Human Services Department IG team was recognized for providing expert technical assistance to Congress throughout the debate on the health care overhaul approved last year.
Here’s a link to the full program for last week’s ceremony, which was keynoted by Attorney General Eric Holder.