H. R. 2089
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 19, 2021
Mr. Gomez (for himself, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, and Mr. Connolly) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform
To amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to provide testimonial subpoena authority, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
IG Subpoena Authority Act.
Additional authority provisions for Inspectors General
The Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended—
by inserting after section 6 the following new section:
Testimonial subpoena authority
In addition to the authority otherwise provided by this Act and in accordance with the requirements of this section, each Inspector General, in carrying out the provisions of this Act (or in the case of an Inspector General or Special Inspector General not established under this Act, the provisions of the authorizing statute), is authorized to require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses as necessary in the performance of the functions assigned to the Inspector General by this Act (or in the case of an Inspector General or Special Inspector General not established under this Act, the functions assigned by the authorizing statute), which in the case of contumacy or refusal to obey, such subpoena shall be enforceable by order of any appropriate United States district court. An Inspector General may not require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of any current Federal employees, but may use other authorized procedures.
The authority to issue a subpoena under subsection (a) may not be delegated.
Panel review before issuance
Request for approval by subpoena panel
Before the issuance of a subpoena described in subsection (a), an Inspector General shall submit a request for approval to issue a subpoena to a panel (in this section, referred to as the
Subpoena Panel), which shall be comprised of three Inspectors General of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, who shall be designated by the Inspector General serving as Chairperson of the Council.
Protection from disclosure
The information contained in the request submitted by an Inspector General under subparagraph (A) and the identification of a witness shall be protected from disclosure to the extent permitted by law. Any request for disclosure of such information shall be submitted to the Inspector General requesting the subpoena.
Time to respond
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Subpoena Panel shall approve or deny a request for approval to issue a subpoena not later than 10 days after the submission of such request.
Additional information for panel
If the Subpoena Panel determines that additional information is necessary to approve or deny such request, the Subpoena Panel shall request such information and shall approve or deny such request not later than 20 days after the submission of such request.
Denial by panel
If a majority of the Subpoena Panel denies the approval of a subpoena, that subpoena may not be issued.
Notice to Attorney General
If the Subpoena Panel approves a subpoena under subsection (c), the Inspector General shall notify the Attorney General that the Inspector General intends to issue the subpoena.
Denial for interference with an ongoing investigation
Not later than 10 days after the date on which the Attorney General is notified pursuant to paragraph (1), the Attorney General may object to the issuance of the subpoena because the subpoena will interfere with an ongoing investigation and the subpoena may not be issued.
Issuance of subpoena approved
If the Attorney General does not object to the issuance of the subpoena during the 10-day period described in paragraph (2), the Inspector General may issue the subpoena.
The Chairperson of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall prescribe regulations to carry out the purposes of this section.
Inspector General defined
For purposes of this section, the term Inspector General includes each Inspector General established under this Act and each Inspector General or Special Inspector General not established under this Act.
The provisions of this section shall not affect the exercise of authority by an Inspector General of testimonial subpoena authority established under another provision of law.
in section 5(a)—
in paragraph (21)(B), by striking
; and and inserting a semicolon;
in paragraph (22), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by inserting at the end the following new paragraph:
a description of the use of subpoenas for the attendance and testimony of certain witnesses authorized under section 6A.
in section 8G(g)(1), by inserting