The Case for a Strong Government Auditor
By Arnold Kling
In an essay, I write,
An independent auditor has some obvious potential problems. On the one hand, it could be ineffectual if it turns out to be weak relative to the independent agencies, or captured by them. On the other hand, it might become too powerful, evolving into a sort of super-agency itself. Finally, it could become just another layer in the bureaucracy, not adding value but absorbing resources and adding to costs.
Even so, I favor the idea. Key agencies, such as the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office, are highly inbred. Such organizations are not good at recognizing flaws in their standard modes of operation.
When you bash the idea, also try proposing a better alternative. Note that “refuse to accept the reality of the administrative state” is not necessarily a better alternative.