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Cutting agency budgets or blocking the confirmation of presidential appointees also have been mentioned as tools Congress can use to force the president to deal with a problematic inspector general.


Dan Epstein, executive director of the outside watchdog group Cause of Action, said slashing the budget of a weak IG can pressure the president to find a replacement, but added he is not aware of that ever having been done.


“There’s obviously a political cost of doing that,” he said.