Chairman, Ranking Member Report Out Nomination of Ochoa to be IG of GSA

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday reported out favorably the nomination of Carol Fortine Ochoa to be inspector general of the General Services Administration. Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) made these remarks afterward:

Senator Johnson said, “Our committee again and again has urged the president to nominate qualified candidates for permanent inspectors general in lingering vacancies in the federal government.  I am pleased that today our committee did its part to fill one of these troubling vacancies. Ms. Ochoa has been an independent watchdog of the federal government for over 20 years.  During the confirmation process, Ms. Ochoa stressed the need for inspectors general to be independent, transparent and accessible to the public and to the Congress. I am confident that Ms. Ochoa will succeed in this new role, and I look forward to her consideration by the full Senate.”

Sen. Carper said, “Inspectors Generals and their staffs are an essential component of robust government oversight, and my Congressional colleagues and I often rely on the work of these offices to help address urgent problems across the government. But if we expect the offices of Inspectors General to meet their missions and get results, it is paramount that they have permanent leadership in place. I’m pleased that today our Committee worked together in a bipartisan manner to promptly move forward the nomination for the General Services Administration Inspector General, Ms. Carol Ochoa. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to move swiftly towards a  vote on her nomination.”