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    Grassley Complains of Library of Congress Interference

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    But Inspector General Karl Schornagel and his staff are most concerned that Congress revoked its firearms privileges with passage of the 2009 omnibus spending bill. Library officials and House appropriators supported the move, stating that the Library's OIG did not need armed law enforcement powers and could instead rely on Library of Congress Police or Capitol Police. The issue is up for reconsideration next week when the House Appropriations subcommittee on the legislative branch meets to consider next year's budget requests.

    Grassley did not address the firearm issue directly in his letter, but reminded Billington that "Like any federal agency, the OIG has a responsibility to maintain adequate oversight of the agency funding along with its personnel, which requires independent and unobstructed criminal and civil investigations, evaluations and audits."

    Schornagel says his agents cannot conduct effective investigations without firearms.

    "The average person would have no idea that these things happen at the Library of Congress," he said in an interview. "But these things happen here as they do at other federal agencies and there’s fraud, waste and abuse."

    Most concerning, Schornagel said the loss of firearm protection has jeopardized six other open investigations involving child pornography possession, computer crimes, identity theft and procurement fraud.

    “Too often, inspectors general don’t have the independence they need to hold agencies accountable," Grassley said in a separate statement. "This isn’t the only case where agency leaders are trying to sabotage an inspector general’s work. I’m not going to stop my effort to empower inspectors general and also keep the pressure on them to go after mismanagement and abuse.”

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    interesting, i wonder how it will play out

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    There are other means of assuring the integrity of the Office of Inspector General of the Library of Congress than arming them. Methinks I see a Torjan Horse here.

    This is not 2A, but politics. If an inspector from the Library of Congress feels the need for personal protection while on the job they can either ask for an armed officer from LoC to be assigned to them, or use the federal court system to subpeona the info/material they need to complete their investigation.

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    skidmark wrote:
    There are other means of assuring the integrity of the Office of Inspector General of the Library of Congress than arming them. Methinks I see a Torjan Horse here.

    This is not 2A, but politics. If an inspector from the Library of Congress feels the need for personal protection while on the job they can either ask for an armed officer from LoC to be assigned to them, or use the federal court system to subpeona the info/material they need to complete their investigation.

    stay safe.

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    But Inspector General Karl Schornagel and his staff are most concerned that Congress revoked its firearms privileges with passage of the 2009 omnibus spending bill.

    Oh-ho! So congress determines that these federal employeesdon't really need firearms, and they don't like it!

    I bet they've always thought that guns were good for them, but not for everyone else.

    Now that they've become "everyone else", they're singing a different tune, huh?



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