“I will be vigilant to protect the integrity and independence of the Office of Special Inspector General” and will work “to uncover fraud, waste and abuse,”
Created by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act that Congress passed in March, the SIGPR’s purview will include key stimulus programs including $454 billion in backstops to lending programs through the Federal Reserve, as well as money for airlines and defense companies. The central bank is leveraging funds from the Treasury Department into
Miller had experience as a watchdog earlier in his career, probing health-care fraud for the Justice Department and monitoring spending at the General Services Administration. But Democrats have questioned his independence in light of his current post as a top White House lawyer who participated in Trump’s impeachment defense.
It’s unclear how deep Miller may probe if, as expected, he wins confirmation in the Republican-led Senate. Trump already has sought to rein in the post Miller would fill by limited its communications with Congress.
While Democrats demand aggressive oversight, the president has moved in recent weeks to strip power from inspectors general he views as disloyal. Trump dismissed one watchdog, criticized another for spotlighting reports of equipment shortages at hospitals and shunted another from a post overseeing pandemic spending beyond the Treasury Department.
The SIGPR will operate inside of the Treasury to oversee Secretary
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