I recently had the pleasure of swearing in Steve A. Linick as our new Inspector General, following his confirmation by the United States Senate.
As you know, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts and supervises audits, inspections, evaluations, reviews and investigations of the programs and operations of the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
I wanted to share with you a bit about Steve’s background. He begins his work with deep experience both as an Inspector General and as a federal prosecutor. For the past three years, he served as the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Financial Agency, a newly-created OIG specifically focused on the 2008 financial and housing crises and their after-effects. Before that, he spent 16 years in the Department of Justice, including four years leading the National Procurement Fraud Task Force and as an Assistant United States Attorney first in Los Angeles and then in Alexandria, Virginia.
I also want to take this opportunity to again reiterate my and the Department’s support for the mission, oversight work, and independence of the OIG, as set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978 and section 209 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. The OIG performs an important role in recommending policies to promote the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of, as well as in preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in, our programs and operations.
As employees of the Department of State, we all share a responsibility to hold ourselves to the highest standards of conduct and integrity. We also share an obligation to report to the OIG known or suspected waste, fraud, abuse, false certifications, and corruption involving Department programs or operations (including by contractors and grantees). The OIG hotline number is 800-409-9926.
I know all of us will provide requested assistance and information to the OIG in accordance with the applicable regulations, including prompt access to all records and other materials which relate to programs and operations with respect to which the OIG has responsibilities, subject of course to applicable rules regarding the handling of classified information. In addition, I know all Department employees will cooperate fully by disclosing complete and accurate information pertaining to matters under OIG investigation and review and by honoring OIG requests for interviews in a timely manner.
I am confident that Steve and his OIG team will continue to be of great assistance to the Department and that you will strongly support their oversight efforts which benefit us all.
See also - Secretary Kerry's remarks at the swearing in ceremony
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