05.25.16

Senator David Perdue Statement On State Department’s Inspector General Report

“When the very people tasked with leading our foreign policy efforts believe the rules do not apply to them, we have a real problem.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations State Department and USAID Management Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after the State Department Inspector General concluded that then-Secretary Hillary Clinton violated the agency’s policies on record-keeping and failed to report handling of classified information:

“This report confirms what we have known for some time—there are serious and systemic problems at the State Department that span the tenure of several Secretaries. It is our oversight role on the State Department Management Subcommittee to hold the Department, and all of its officials, accountable so they do not abuse their power. Across all departments, the federal government should not be sending classified information through insecure channels and all records should be properly preserved. This is why the American people are so fed up with Washington. When the very people tasked with leading our foreign policy efforts believe the rules do not apply to them, we have a real problem. I will continue to work with State’s Inspector General to ensure that these recommendations are implemented and we begin to restore accountability to the State Department.”

Last year, Senators Perdue and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan Improving Department of State Oversight Act which would facilitate necessary changes to improve the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General to conduct more secure and more effective oversight. This legislation was included in the Senate-passed U.S. State Authorization Act of 2016 and is now before the House of Representatives for consideration.