The Obama administration is threatening to roll back more than 30 years of policy that has allowed government watchdogs access to records in order to conduct internal investigations, The New York Times reports.
"It’s the complete evisceration of the concept. You might as well fold them down, Paul Light, a New York University professor who has studied the system told the Times. "They’ve become de-fanged."
At least two government investigations have either been slowed or shut down because the White House has withheld records, the Times reports.
“This is by far the most aggressive assault on the inspector general concept since the beginning,” said Light, and Peace Corps inspector general Kathy Buller said it "runs against transparency."
The new rules come from a dispute within the Justice Department after its former inspector general, Glenn Fine, gave a series of reports on FBI abuses. After that, FBI attorneys said that he could no longer have access to their confidential records.