Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) delivered a floor statement before the Senate in support of the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015 (S. 579). Grassley is a co-sponsor of this bi-partisan bill that aims to expand the independence of Inspector General (IG) offices and reiterates that in order to conduct oversight the IG should have access to all agency records.

Legislation pending in both chambers of Congress would clarify this by making clear that all records mean all records — and that inspectors general remain an important mechanism of accountability and oversight.

Watch Senator Grassley’s speech above or read the full text here.