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Kathy Buller Testimony 11-15-17 Inspector General, Peace Corps

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Statement of Kathy A. Buller Inspector General, Peace Corps Chair, Legislation Committee Council of the Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform concerning “Recommendations and Reforms from the Inspectors General” November 15, 2017
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  [tdtfgfbt lc Edtny D. @uoofr Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo, Xfdkf KlrpsKndir, Ofaisodtilb Klggittff Klubkio lc tnf Ibspfktlrs Afbfrdo clr Ibtfarity dbj F﬋kifbky `fclrf tnf V.[. Nlusf lc Pfprfsfbtdtivfs Klggittff lb Lvfrsiant dbj Alvfrbgfbt Pfclrg klbkfrbiba ‟Pfklggfbjdtilbs dbj Pfclrgs crlg tnf Ibspfktlrs Afbfrdo‗Blvfg`fr 46, 0841 X FDKF  K LPX[ L﬋kf lc I B[XFKZLP A FBFPDO  Xdaf 4 lc 3 Ibtrljuktilb Kndirgdb Alwjy, Pdbeiba Gfg`fr Kuggibas, dbj jistibauisnfj Gfg`frs lc tnf Klggittff= Zndbe ylu clr ibvitiba gf tl dppfdr `fclrf ylu tljdy tl jiskuss tnf wlre lc ibspfktlrs afbfrdo tl  prlgltf ibtfarity dbj fccikifbky. Ib gy tfstiglby, I podb tl sndrf gy pfrspfktivf ds `ltn tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo clr tnf Xfdkf Klrps dbj tnf Kndir lc tnf Ofaisodtilb Klggittff lc tnf Klubkio lc tnf Ibspfktlrs Afbfrdo lb Ibtfarity dbj Fccikifbky (KIAIF). I wdbt tl fxprfss lur dpprfkidtilb clr tnf yfdrs lc `ipdrtisdb fcclrt tnis Klggittff put tlwdrj pdssiba tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt, 4  dbj clr ylur klbtibufj supplrt lc lur fcclrts tl foigibdtf crduj, wdstf, d`usf, dbj gisgdbdafgfbt ib Cfjfrdo alvfrbgfbt lpfrdtilbs. Qf drf bfdriba tnf :8 tn  dbbivfrsdry lc tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Dkt lc 491>. Clr doglst clur jfkdjfs ibspfktlrs afbfrdo (IAs) ndvf wlrefj tlwdrjs d `fttfr, glrf fccikifbt alvfrbgfbt. Qf jftfkt dbj prfvfbt wdstf, crduj, dbj d`usf ib tnf dafbkifs wf lvfrsff, dbj prlgltf ibtfarity dbj fccikifbky ib alvfrbgfbt  prlardgs dbj lpfrdtilbs. Qf nloj Cfjfrdo dafbkifs dkklubtd`of, prltfkt wnistof`olwfrs, fxplsf klrruptilb dbj gisgdbdafgfbt, dbj nfop Klbarfss gdef ibclrgfj jfkisilbs d`lut tnf dafbkifs witnib tnfir purvifw. Ib ciskdo yfdr 0843 dolbf, tnf IA klggubity’s rfklggfbjdtilbs tl dafbkifs ijfbticifj lvfr $06.0 `iooilb ib pltfbtido sdvibas dbj lur ibvfstiadtivf wlre rfsuotfj ib $49.9 `iooilb ib ibvfstiadtivf rfkfivd`ofs dbj rfklvfrifs. Ds tnf Kndir lc tnf KIAIF Ofaisodtilb Klggittff, I dg nlblrfj tl wlre witn 06 ltnfr IAs tl klggubikdtf lb ofaisodtivf issufs dbj gdttfrs lc klgglb ibtfrfst `ftwffb Klbarfss dbj KIAIF. Qf sndrf nfopcuo, tigfoy ibclrgdtilb d`lut klbarfssilbdo ibitidtivfs tl tnf IA klggubity, klggubikdtf tnf vifws lc tnf klggubity, dbj prlvijf tfknbikdo dssistdbkf tl Klbarfss. Qf dosl prfsfbt KIAIF’s vifws tl Klbarfss, tnf Alvfrbgfbt Dkklubtd`ioity Lccikf, dbj tnf Lccikf lc Gdbdafgfbt dbj @ujaft (LG@) lb ofaisodtivf issufs tndt dccfkt IAs. Qf ndvf fbmlyfj gdby yfdrs lc `ipdrtisdb supplrt crlg Klbarfss clr lur kloofktivf fcclrt tl igprlvf tnf Cfjfrdo alvfrbgfbt lpfrdtilbs tndt wf lvfrsff. Znf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt (IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt) lriaibdtfj witn tnis Klggittff dbj is db fxtrdlrjibdry fxdgpof lc tndt supplrt dbj klood`lrdtilb. I wioo `rifcoy jfskri`f tnf fccfkts lc tndt Dkt, dbj lur fcclrts tl usf tnf dutnlritifs it  prlvijfj tl curtnfr lur lvfrsiant wlre. I wioo dosl jfskri`f ltnfr ofaisodtivf ibitidtivfs tndt, ic pursufj `y Klbarfss, wluoj fbndbkf lur lvfrsiant lvfr Cfjfrdo prlardgs dbj lpfrdtilbs. Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt lc 0843 Znf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt rfstlrfj lur riant lc ubcfttfrfj dkkfss `y rfdccirgiba d cubjdgfbtdo dutnlrity  prlvijfj ubjfr tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Dkt lc 491> (IA Dkt)= tndt IAs gdy dkkfss doo gdtfridos dbj jlkugfbts bfkfssdry tl lur lvfrsiant wlre. Ib djjitilb, tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt prlvijfj sfvfrdo djjitilbdo dutnlritifs tndt tnf IA klggubity ijfbticifj ds igplrtdbt clr fbndbkiba lur d`ioity tl jftfkt dbj prfvfbt crduj, wdstf, d`usf, dbj gisgdbdafgfbt ib tnf Cfjfrdo prlardgs dbj lpfrdtilbs tndt wf lvfrsff. Dkkfss tl Ibclrgdtilb Ib Cf`rudry, I dppfdrfj `fclrf tnis klggittff tl jiskuss tnf iggfjidtf rfsuots lc tnf pdssdaf lc tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt. I nianoiantfj tnf plsitivf fccfkt tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt ndj lb gy jisputf witn tnf 4  Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt lc 0843, Xu`. O. Bl. 44:-;41 (Jfk. 43, 0843).  Xdaf 0 lc 3 Xfdkf Klrps lvfr gy lccikf’s dkkfss tl doo dafbky rfklrjs. Znf plsitivf kndbafs tndt gy lccikf nds sffb witn rfspfkt tl lur dkkfss tl dafbky ibclrgdtilb rfdccirg tnf igplrtdbkf lc tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt. D `fjrlke pribkipof lc tnf IA Dkt is tndt db Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo gust ndvf dkkfss tl doo dafbky rfklrjs dbj ibclrgdtilb rfodtiba tl tnf prlardgs dbj lpfrdtilbs lc tnf dafbkifs wf lvfrsff. Znis odbaudaf wds sffb ds kofdr dbj ubqudoicifj. Nlwfvfr, `faibbiba ib 0848, d bug`fr lc Cfjfrdo dafbkifs, ibkoujiba tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Mustikf (JLM), tnf Xfdkf Klrps, tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Klggfrkf, tnf Knfgikdo [dcfty dbj Ndzdrj Ibvfstiadtilb @ldrj, dbj tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc tnf Zrfdsury kndoofbafj tnfir rfspfktivf IAs' riant tl dkkfss doo sukn dafbky ibclrgdtilb. Ib tnf pdst, I dppfdrfj `fclrf tnis Klggittff dbj ltnfrs tl jiskuss tnf struaaofs gy lccikf cdkfj ib l`tdibiba tnf ibclrgdtilb wf bffjfj tl jl lur ml`. Znf clrgfr Afbfrdo Klubsfo lc tnf Xfdkf Klrps frrlbflusoy ibtfrprftfj d odw ib d gdbbfr tndt fccfktivfoy efpt LIA, Klbarfss, dbj tnf Dgfrikdb pu`oik ib tnf jdre d`lut tnf prlardg tl djjrfss sfxudo dssduot ib tnf Xfdkf Klrps. Gy lccikf wds blt dolbf5 ltnfr IAs wfrf rfkfiviba sigiodr rfsistdbkf crlg tnfir dafbkifs. Znf Muoy 0846 lpibilb `y tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Mustikf Lccikf lc Ofado Klubsfo (LOK) tnrfdtfbfj tnf ibjfpfbjfbkf lc doo Ibspfktlrs Afbfrdo dbj kndoofbafj lur kloofktivf d`ioity tl ndvf tigfoy dbj ibjfpfbjfbt dkkfss. It `fkdgf kofdr tl tnf IA klggubity tndt lboy db dkt lc Klbarfss kluoj rfstlrf tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo’s `rldj riant lc dkkfss, dbj tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt jij must tndt. Znf Dkt curtnfr strfbatnfbfj tnf dkkfss prlvisilb dbj rfitfrdtfj Klbarfss’s ibtfbt clr IAs= tndt lur dkkfss tl doo dafbky rfklrjs rfdooy gfdbs ‟doo.‗ Curtnfr, tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt gdjf kofdr tndt sukn dkkfss gust  `f prlvijfj ib d tigfoy cdsnilb.   Ib tnf Xfdkf Klrps, tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt ndj db iggfjidtf igpdkt. Qf quikeoy wlrefj witn tnf dafbky tl cuooy rfstlrf lur dkkfss tl tnf dafbky’s sfxudo dssduot rise rfjuktilb dbj rfsplbsf prlardg. Zlaftnfr witn tnf tnfb-Jirfktlr lc tnf Xfdkf Klrps, wf sfbt mlibt, aol`do klggubikdtilbs tl doo stdcc dbj Sloubtffrs ibclrgiba tnfg lc lur dutnlrity tl dkkfss doo dafbky rfklrjs dbj ibclrgdtilb, ds wfoo ds rfitfrdtiba lur klggitgfbt tl viktigs lc sfxudo dssduot. Ib Duaust, dctfr rfkfiviba cuoo, ubfbkug`frfj dkkfss tl rfklrjs, wf wfrf d`of tl djjrfss d jdtd oigitdtilb lb d stdtutlrioy rfquirfj rfvifw lc sfxudo dssduot kdsfs issufj ib 0843. Xrilr tl tnf pdssdaf lc tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt, rfjdktfj rfklrjs oigitfj lur d`ioity tl jftfrgibf tndt tnf jlkugfbtdtilb wf rfkfivfj clr fdkn kdsf lc sfxudo dssduot wds jlkugfbtdtilb lc tnf dafbky’s rfsplbsf tl tndt kdsf, rdtnfr tndb jlkugfbtdtilb crlg d jiccfrfbt kdsf. Dctfr tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt rfstlrfj lur dkkfss, gy lccikf dbj tnf dafbky wlrefj klbstruktivfoy tl rfvifw d tdraftfj sdgpof lc kdsfs wnfrf tnf jdtd ndj prfvilusoy `ffb jfbifj, tl fbsurf tnf dkkurdky lc tnf rfjdktfj jlkugfbtdtilb tnf Xfdkf Klrps ndj prlvijfj. Ib gy prfvilus tfstiglby, I dosl fxprfssfj d nlpf tndt tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt wluoj curtnfr d kuoturf lc lpfbbfss dbj trdbspdrfbky `ftwffb dafbky stdcc dbj gy lccikf. Ds I ndj gfbtilbfj, lur dkkfss issuf ndj frljfj tnf trust dbj rfodtilbsnip `ftwffb gy lccikf dbj tnf dafbky. Qniof tnfrf is stioo slgf wlre tl  `f jlbf, I dg pofdsfj tl rfplrt tndt tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt nds prljukfj db dpprfkid`of, plsitivf kndbaf `ltn ib ibkrfdsfj dkkfss dbj lbaliba prlarfss tlwdrjs d kuoturf lc lpfbbfss dbj kllpfrdtilb. Znis blt lboy `fbfcits stdcc, Sloubtffrs, dbj ltnfrs wnl kdrf d`lut lr rfoy lb tnf Xfdkf Klrps, `ut dosl supplrts wnistof`olwfrs, prlgltfs db lpfb dbj trdbspdrfbt Xfdkf Klrps clr tnf Dgfrikdb tdxpdyfr, dbj fbsurfs tndt Klbarfss is cuooy ibclrgfj lc tnf prlardgs dbj lpfrdtilbs lc tnf Xfdkf Klrps. @fylbj tnf Xfdkf Klrps, wf eblw tndt tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt prlvijfj d rl`ust tllo tl djjrfss dkkfss jisputfs `ftwffb dafbkifs dbj tnfir IAs. Nlwfvfr, slgf ibjivijudo dkkfss issufs rfgdib dbj dccfktfj IA’s wioo `f rfplrtiba ibstdbkfs wnfb tnfir dafbky rfsistfj lvfrsiant lr jfodyfj dkkfss ib tnfir upklgiba [fgidbbudo Pfplrts tl Klbarfss. Klbtibufj klbarfssilbdo ibtfrfst ib sukn ibkijfbts nfops doo IAs wdrj  Xdaf ; lc 3 lcc frrlbflus ibtfrprftdtilbs lc tnf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Dkt dbj igprlvfs lur d`ioity tl l`tdib tnf tigfoy dkkfss tndt wf bffj. Klgputfr Gdtkniba Dkt Znf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt dosl fxfgptfj IAs dbj dafbkifs wlreiba ib d gdtkniba  prlardg witn IAs crlg tnf rfquirfgfbts lc tnf Klgputfr Gdtkniba dbj Xrivdky Xrltfktilb Dkt lc 499> (KGXXD). Klgputfrizfj gdtkniba lc jdtd crlg twl lr glrf ibclrgdtilb systfgs is d prlvfb gftnlj lc jdtd dbdoysis tndt kdb jftfkt dbj prfvfbt crduj, wdstf, dbj d`usf ib alvfrbgfbt prlardgs. [ukn wlre is klgglboy usfj tl ijfbticy igprlpfr pdygfbts dbj pltfbtido crduj, fspfkidooy ib Cfjfrdo `fbfcit prlardgs dbj dktivitifs. KGXXD rfquirfj IAs tl l`tdib tnf dpprlvdo lc tnf dafbky's jdtd ibtfarity `ldrj tl igpofgfbt d klgputfr gdtkniba darffgfbt, pltfbtidooy ubjfrgibiba IA ibjfpfbjfbkf. Znluan IAs drf rfprfsfbtfj lb tnf `ldrj, dafbky lccikidos lb tnf `ldrj kluoj jfkijf wnftnfr tl prfvfbt tnf gdtkn lr tl igplsf ubjuf rfstriktilbs lb tnf gdtkn. Znf `ldrj dpprlvdo prlkfss dosl risefj fxplsiba sfbsitivf, lbaliba IA wlre. Curtnfr, tnf KGXXD rfquirfj IAs tl ubjfral d prltrdktfj rfvifw prlkfss tndt kluoj ndvf prfkoujfj IAs crlg kdrryiba lut d gdtkn ib d tigfoy cdsnilb. @y fxfgptiba IAs crlg tnf KGXXD, Klbarfss fbsurfj tndt lur klgputfr gdtkniba dktivitifs wioo `f pfrclrgfj glrf fccikifbtoy, ibjfpfbjfbt crlg pltfbtido ubjuf `urjfbs lr rfstriktilbs `y dafbkifs. [ibkf tnf pdssdaf lc tnf IA Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt, lur klggubity nds clkusfj lb igpofgfbtiba tnis bfw dutnlrity rfsplbsi`oy dbj tnluantcuooy, ds wfoo ds `uiojiba IA kdpdkity tl prlpfroy utioizf tnf bfw dutnlrity. Ib Mubf 0841, KIAIF issufj auijdbkf tl its gfg`frs, prlvijiba db lvfrvifw lc tnf KGXXD fxfgptilb, prfsfbtiba vdrilus gdttfrs clr IAs tl klbsijfr wnfb fbadaiba ib gdtkniba prlardgs, dbj nfopiba ibjivijudo IAs pfrclrg gdtknfs. Djjitilbdooy, IA klggubity fxpfrts ndvf nfoj `rifcibas dbj  prfsfbtdtilbs tl ibkrfdsf tnf kdpdkity lc IA stdcc ibtfrfstfj ib gdtkniba prlardgs, dbj db ibclrgdo wlreiba arlup is fxpolriba jfvfolpiba pltfbtido gdtkniba prlardgs. Cibdooy, tnf KIAIF Jdtd Dbdoytiks wlreiba arlup is fxpdbjiba its fcclrts tl kdtdolauf dafbky jdtd sfts tl dssist IAs ib ijfbticyiba typfs lc jdtd sfts gdibtdibfj dt ltnfr dafbkifs. Qf drf fbklurdafj `y tnf stfdjy prlarfss lc tnf IA klggubity tlwdrjs rfsplbsi`oy usiba tnis bfw dutnlrity. Clr fxdgpof, tnf Ibspfktlrs Afbfrdo lc tnf Jfpdrtgfbts lc Od`lr dbj Sftfrdbs Dccdirs ndvf ibitidtfj d jdtd gdtkniba prlmfkt tl jftfkt crduj `y ijfbticy iba  ibjivijudos rfkfiviba `fbfcits crlg tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Od`lr Cfjfrdo Fgpolyff Klgpfbsdtilb prlardg dbj jisd`ioity `fbfcits crlg tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Sftfrdbs Dccdirs. Qniof tnf prlmfkt is ib its fdroy stdafs, dby cuturf sukkfss lc tnis prlmfkt kluoj `f rfpoikdtfj `y ltnfr dafbkifs clr gdtkniba tnfir jdtd witn tnf Jfpdrtgfbt lc Od`lr Cfjfrdo Fgpolyff Klgpfbsdtilb prlardg. Xdpfrwlre Pfjuktilb Dkt Znf Ibspfktlr Afbfrdo Fgplwfrgfbt Dkt sigiodroy fxfgptfj tnf IA klggubity crlg tnf Xdpfrwlre Pfjuktilb Dkt (XPD), d rfclrg wnikn tnf IA klggubity ndj rfklggfbjfj clr lvfr d jfkdjf. Znf IA klggubity fxprfssfj klbkfrb tndt tnf XPD rfquirfj tndt ibclrgdtilb kloofktilbs, sukn ds IA survfys, `f su`mfkt tl dpprlvdo crlg d sfbilr lccikido lc tnf dafbky dbj tnfb crlg LG@. Znis klbcoiktfj witn lur stdtutlry gissilb tl `f ibjfpfbjfbt. Znf XPD rfquirfs d ofbatny dbj `urjfbslgf dpprlvdo prlkfss clr Cfjfrdo dafbkifs tl kloofkt ibclrgdtilb. Znf prltrdktfj dpprlvdo prlkfss dccfktfj lur d`ioity tl kdrry lut klbarfssilbdo rfqufsts lr klbarfssilbdooy gdbjdtfj wlre ib d tigfoy dbj fccfktivf gdbbfr. Znfrf wfrf ibstdbkfs wnfrf `y tnf tigf tnf survfy wds dpprlvfj tnf kndrdktfr lc tnf issuf ubjfr rfvifw ndj kndbafj. Ib slgf kdsfs, IAs jisklbtibufj usiba survfys dbj adtnfriba ibclrgdtilb tndt wluoj fbndbkf tnf fccfktivfbfss dbj qudoity lc d rfvifw. Znis fxfgptilb fbsurfs tndt IAs wioo `f d`of tl klbjukt survfys dbj
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