GOP lawmaker aims to create an inspector general’s office

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill to establish an office of inspector general to target government waste.

Rep. Daniel Reilly says it’s time to address fraud, waste and the abuse of public funds “head on.”

The office would be an independent administrative agency that would be charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in the expenditure of public funds.

The Republican from Portsmouth says creating the office of inspector general will show that the legislature is serious about spending the public’s money wisely.

Other members of the minority in the House co-sponsored the legislation.

House Republicans have started a campaign against government waste, tracking it with what they’re calling a “Waste-O-Meter.”

The bill was referred to the House Finance Committee.

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