October 1, 2002–March 31, 2003
Office of the Inspector General
The OIG is a statutorily created independent entity whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in Department programs and personnel and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. The Inspector General (IG), who is appointed by the President subject to Senate confirmation, reports to the Attorney General and Congress.
The OIG investigates alleged violations of criminal and civil laws, regulations, and ethical standards arising from the conduct of Department employees in their numerous and diverse activities. The OIG also audits and inspects Department programs and assists management in promoting integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.
The OIG consists of the Immediate Office of the IG and the following divisions and offices:
Audit Division is responsible for independent audits of Department programs, computer systems, and financial statements. The Audit Division has field offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The Financial Statement Audit Office and Computer Security and Information Technology Audit Office also are located in Washington, D.C. Audit Headquarters consists of the immediate office of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) for Audit, the Office of Operations, the Office of Policy and Planning, and an Advanced Audit Techniques Group.
Investigations Division is responsible for investigating allegations of bribery, fraud, abuse, civil rights violations, and violations of other criminal laws and administrative procedures that govern Department employees, contractors, and grantees. The Investigations Division has field offices in Chicago, El Paso, Los Angeles, McAllen, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. (the Washington Field Office and Fraud Detection Office), and smaller, area offices in Atlanta, Boston, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Detroit, El Centro, Houston, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Investigations Headquarters in Washington, D.C., consists of the immediate office of the AIG and the following branches: Operations, Special Operations, Investigative Support, and Policy and Administration.
Evaluation and Inspections Division provides an alternative mechanism to traditional audits and investigations to review Department programs and activities.
Office of Oversight and Review blends the skills of attorneys, investigators, and program analysts to investigate or review sensitive matters involving Department programs or employees.
Management and Planning Division assists the OIG by providing services in the areas of planning, budget, finance, quality assurance, personnel, training, procurement, automated data processing, and computer network communications.
Office of General Counsel provides legal advice to OIG management and staff. In addition, the office drafts memoranda on issues of law; prepares administrative subpoenas; represents the OIG in personnel, contractual, and legal matters; and responds to Freedom of Information Act requests.
The OIG has jurisdiction to review programs and personnel in all Department components, including the FBI, DEA, BOP, USMS, INS (through February 28, 2003), ATF (effective January 24, 2003), USAOs, and all other Department organizations.
The OIG carried out its mission during this reporting period with a nationwide workforce of approximately 395 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff. For fiscal year (FY) 2003, the OIG's direct appropriation is $57.937 million and the OIG expects to earn an additional $3.511 million in reimbursements.
This Semiannual Report to Congress (Report) reviews the accomplishments of the OIG for the 6-month period ending March 31, 2003. As required by Section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act), as amended, this Report is submitted no later than April 30, 2003, to the Attorney General for his review. No later than May 31, 2003, the Attorney General is required to forward the Report to Congress along with his Semiannual Management Report to Congress, which presents the Department's position on audit resolution and follow-up activity discussed in the Report.
Information about the OIG and full-text versions of many of its reports are available on the OIG's website at www.usdoj.gov/oig.