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Integrity and Accountability in Government

Homeland Security and the Inspector General, 1st Edition

By Carmen R. Apaza


182 pages

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The Inspector General (IG)'s mission is to expose fraud, waste and abuse as well as promoting efficiency in federal agencies. Each year billions of dollars are returned to the Federal government or are better spent based on recommendations from IGs reports. IG investigations have also contributed to the prosecution of thousands of wrongdoers including contractors and public employees. With scarce literature on Inspectors General (IGs), Apaza addresses this by looking at the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which has proven to be of significant benefit to the US government.


'Inspectors General attract high expectations, yet we know surprisingly little about how they actually operate. Carmen Apaza offers an illuminating analysis of the role of the Inspector General in one of the United States Government’s most complex agencies - the Department of Homeland Security. This book will be essential reading for policy analysts and reformers alike.' Michael Johnston, Colgate University, USA 'This study of the IGO in Homeland Security provides a detailed and substantive evaluation of what effective watchdogs can do to combat fraud, waste, and corruption given sufficient jurisdiction and resources but also what they fail to achieve if teethless or asleep on the job or just chained up altogether and silenced. It compares the ideal with the real, something rare in public administration. This is a book that deserves to be read.' Gerald E. Caiden, University of Southern California, USA

About the Author

Dr Carmen R. Apaza, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), USA

About the Series

Homeland Security

Homeland Security
This series seeks to provide a body of case studies to explore the growing importance and prominence of homeland security to national defence policy and to examine the development of homeland security within the broader context of national defence policy in the United States and other major developed states. This series will identify and analyze the major threats that are particular to homeland security, as well as those that affect broader national security interests. Comparative studies will be used to elucidate the major similarities and differences in how states approach homeland security and works which advocate new or non-traditional approaches to homeland security. The series aims to integrate information from scholars and practitioners to provide works which will influence the policy debate and examine the ramifications of policy.

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