PUBLIC LAW 96-294—JUNE 30, 1980
94 STAT. 643
ble to the Corporation which relate to programs and operations with respect to which the Inspector General has responsibilities under this section; (2) to request such information or assistance as may be necessary for carrying out the duties and responsibilities provided by this section from any Federal, State, or local governmental agency or unit thereof; (3) to require by subpena the production of all information, documents, reports, answers, records, accounts, papers, and other data and documentary evidence necessary in the performance of the functions assigned by this section, which subpena, in the case of contumacy or refusal to obey, shall be enforceable by order of any appropriate United States district court; (4) to have direct and prompt access to the Board of Directors when necessary for any purpose pertaining to the performance of functions and responsibliities under this section; (5) to select, appoint, and employ such employees as may be necessary for carrying out the functions, powers, and duties of the Inspector General, which employees shall be compensated in accordance with salary schedules established pursuant to section 117(b)(2); (6) to obtain services of consultants at daily rates not to exceed the equivalent rate prescribed for grade GS-18 of the General Schedule by section 5332 of title 5, United States Code; and 44 FR 58672. (7) to enter into contracts and other arrangements for audits, studies, analyses, and other services with public agencies and with private persons, and to make such payments as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. (f)(1) Upon request of the Inspector General for information or assistance under subsection (e)(2), the head of any Federal agency involved shall, insofar as is practicable and not in contravention of any existing statutory restriction or regulation of the Federal agency from which the information is requested, furnish to such Inspector General, or to an authorized designee, such information or assistance. (2) Whenever information or assistance requested under subsection (e)(l) or (e)(2) is, in the judgment of the Inspector General, unreasonably refused or not provided, the Inspector General shall report the circumstances to the head of the establishment involved without delay. (g) The Board of Directors shall make available to the Inspector General appropriate and adequate office space at offices of the Corporation. (h) The Inspector General— (1) may make such additional investigations and reports relating to the operations of the Corporation as are, in the judgment of the Inspector Gteneral, necessary or desirable; and (2) shall provide such additional information or documents as may be requested by any committee or subcommittee of either House of Congress with respect to matters within their jurisdiction. (i) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the reports, information, or documents required by or under this section shall be transmitted to the Board of Directors and to the Congress, or committees or subcommittees thereof, by the Inspector General without further clearance or approval.