Office investigations may be internal, targeting government employees, or external, targeting grant recipients, contractors, or recipients of the various loans and subsidies offered through the thousands of federal domestic and foreign assistance programs.
Their activities include the detection and prevention of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of the government programs and operations within their parent organizations.
Some designated IG special agents, however, still have full law enforcement authority today by virtue of this continued deputation. The amendment to the IG Act of made most deputation of presidentially appointed IG special agents unnecessary.
The remaining inspectors general are designated by their respective agency heads,  such as the U. In addition, federal offices of inspectors general employ forensic auditors, or "audigators," evaluators, inspectors, administrative investigators, and a variety of other specialists.
While the IG Act of requires that inspectors general be selected based upon their qualifications and not political affiliation, presidentially appointed inspectors general are considered political appointees and are often selected, if only in part and in addition to their qualifications, because of their political relationships and party affiliation.
Some OIGs employ no criminal investigators and rely solely on administrative investigators, auditors, and inspectors. CIGIE also provides specialized training to the inspector general community.
Prior to this time, most presidentially appointed IG and some designated IG special agents had the equivalent law enforcement authorities as a result of other statutes or annually required deputation by the U.
An example of the role political affiliation plays in the selection of an inspector general, and the resulting pitfalls, can be seen in the Republican appointment and resignation under fire of Janet Rehnquist  daughter of former Chief Justice of the United StatesWilliam Rehnquist to the post of inspector general for the U.
There are 73 federal offices of inspectors general,  a significant increase since the statutory creation of the initial 12 offices by the Inspector General Act of Postal Service inspector general. Department of Health and Human Services. Department of Labor and the inspector general of the U.
Agency for International Development are presidentially appointed.The Office of Inspector General is an independent office within EPA that helps the agency protect the environment in a more efficient and cost effective manner.
The official site of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. The VA Office of Inspector General Home Page.
The numbers totaled above are for published reports and recommendations only; the investigations and procurement-sensitive contract review totals can be found in the Semiannual Reports to Congress. We in the Office of the State Inspector General have been entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that State officials and employees meet these fundamentally important standards.
It is a responsibility we take very seriously. The Office of Inspector General has released a report that identifies HHS procurement issues raised by multiple audits, reports and investigations over the last five years. New HHSC Executive Commissioner named. The HHS OIG is the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, with more than 1, employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs.
A majority of the OIG's resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid.Download