Info: Our guest is Phyllis Fong, the Inspector General of the United States Department of Agriculture. She discusses her role within the Agriculture Department as well as her duties as Chair of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). Fong talks about current short and long term vacancies throughout the Inspectors General community. The State Department, as an example, has not had a permanent Inspector General since 2008. She explains the variety of reasons for these vacancies and says she would prefer that all positions be approved and filled. Fong says that although she serves as Inspector General in the Obama Administration, she was appointed by President Bush over ten years ago. She praises the recent work by Internal Revenue Service Inspector Russell George in uncovering irregularities in the IRSí review of tax exemptions for conservative political groups. She talks about her motivations for spending her life in government service. In addition, she describes the I.G. Academy, where Inspectors General and their staffs take courses in auditing, investigations, inspection and evaluation.