On April 14, 1989, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was created in the Department of Justice (Department) by amendment to the Inspector General Act of 1978. OIG’s mission is to detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse in Department programs and misconduct by Department personnel. The OIG also assists Department managers in promoting integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of Department programs and operations through its audits, inspections, investigations, and special reviews.
The OIG has jurisdiction to review the programs and personnel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Attorneys, and all other organizations in the Department.
The major functions of the OIG are to:
- Investigate violations of law and Department regulations for appropriate criminal prosecution, civil litigation, and administrative action.
- Conduct, report, and follow up on financial audits of departmental organizations, programs, contracts, grants, and other agreements.
- Conduct, report, and follow up on performance audits and inspections of programs and operations within or financed by the Department.
- Report to the Attorney General and the Congress on problems and deficiencies in the administration of Department and Department-financed operations and progress made in implementing recommended corrective actions.
- oordinate and cooperate with federal, state, and local government agencies and non-government entities to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in programs and operations financed by the Department.
Office of the Inspector General Field Offices
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