Inspector’s audit: ‘Clean’ bill or whitewash at Homeland Security?

The Department of Homeland Security and some Capitol Hill Democrats are working to find good news in a devastating internal audit of the government’s largest agency.

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., called a new Inspector General audit “a milestone for the Department of Homeland Security and represents an important step in helping the department be a responsible steward of taxpayer funds.”

Others say the report is nothing to cheer about. And with acting IG Charles Edwards abruptly resigning on Tuesday, the audit’s credibility is in question.

Edwards stepped down amid ongoing questions about his performance.

While Carper asserts the DHS received a “clean financial audit,” the IG report leveled numerous criticisms at the sprawling agency.

Auditors accused DHS of “struggling to fully integrate” its 22 different branches, including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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