The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) has a created a working group to focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, CIGIE announced April 8.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group will be chaired by Acting Department of Education Inspector General (IG) Sandra Bruce, with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation IG Jay Lerner serving as vice-chair.

“To meet the goal of serving all Americans, federal Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs) must not only have a workforce that reflects the nation’s citizenry, [but] they must also promote office cultures and conduct their oversight work in ways that support equity and inclusion,” CIGIE said in a press release.

“The Work Group looks to affirm and advance the Inspector General community’s long-standing commitment to these issues. It will also highlight the Inspector General community’s outstanding oversight work on matters involving diversity, equity, and inclusion and work to identify ways to continue and strengthen these efforts,” the release continued.

The working group consists of members of more than 25 different offices of inspectors general, and CIGIE recently held a group-wide town hall on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“CIGIE’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the OIG community is more than a program or policy; it is one of our foundational principles. Our decision to devote one of our first community-wide town halls to this issue reflects just how important these principles are to CIGIE and the IG community,” CIGIE chair Allison Lerner said in the release.

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