Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

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Organization - Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

By Act of Congress, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was established in the Department of Justice (Department) on April 14, 1989.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) consists of an immediate office, which is comprised of the Inspector General, the Deputy Inspector General, the Office of the General Counsel and the Special Investigations and Review Unit; and four major components, each headed by an Assistant Inspector General.

The four OIG components are:

The Audit Division, which conducts, reports on and tracks the resolution of financial and performance audits of organizations, programs and functions within the Department. Financial audits examine financial statements and financially related activities. Performance audits review economy, efficiency and programmatic issues. The Audit Division also monitors expenditures made under DOJ contracts, grants and other agreements.

The Investigations Division, which investigates alleged violations of fraud, abuse and integrity laws that govern DOJ employees, operations, grantees and contractors. Investigations Division Special Agents develop cases for criminal prosecution and civil or administrative action.

The Inspections Division, which provides the Inspector General with an alternative mechanism to traditional audit and investigative disciplines to assess Department of Justice (Department) programs and activities. Much of the work results in recommendations to decisionmakers to streamline operations, reduce unnecessary regulations, improve customer service, and minimize inefficient and ineffective procedures. In addition to assessing Department programs, the Division conducts special reviews requested by the Inspector General or senior Department management that arise suddenly and need immediate attention.

The Management and Planning Division, which provides the Inspector General with advice on administrative and fiscal policy and assist OIG components by providing services in the areas of planning, budget, finance, quality assurance, personnel, training, procurement, automated data processing, computer network communications and general support.

The Office of General Counsel, located in the Inspector General's immediate office, consists of three attorneys. This office provides legal advice to the Inspector General and the OIG's four divisions (Investigations, Audit, Inspections, and Management and Planning), and addresses a wide array of issues including statutory interpretation, fraud, personnel and labor management, criminal procedure, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and ethics. Attorneys also occupy the positions of Counselor to the Inspector General and Special Investigative Counsel. In addition, four attorneys serve in the OIG's Special Investigations and Review Unit, which performs certain sensitive investigations involving Department employees and operations.

Continuing the effort to address corruption and misconduct within the Department, the Inspector General (IG) formed the Research and Analysis Unit (Unit) in the Investigations Division. The Unit will design, plan, and conduct policy analyses and research projects related to the investigation and prevention of corruption. Unit initiatives will include studies of corruption in the federal prison system and along the Southwest Border and development of a more targeted integrity awareness program. The Unit also will develop a statistics-based management program to help the Division identify trends in Department misconduct and corruption and develop strategies to address these trends.

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