OIG Overview



OIG Overview Video (text)

There are over 70 statutory IGs across the federal government whose mission is to independently and objectively combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the programs and operations of their parent agency. To this end, each IG is responsible for conducting audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations relating to the programs and operations of its agency and for providing guidance and recommendations. Each IG is also responsible for keeping the agency head and Congress “fully and currently informed” about relevant problems and deficiencies.

All IGs are empowered by and work within the oversight framework set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978.

Hello, I am Steve Linick, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State and Broadcasting Board of Governors. To fulfill its mandate to, for example, keep the Secretary of State informed, OIG performs work in countries throughout the world as well as in the Department and BBG’s domestic facilities. We inspect each of the approximately 270 embassies, diplomatic posts, and international broadcasting installations throughout the world to determine whether policy goals are being achieved and whether the interests of the US are being represented and advanced effectively. Additionally, OIG performs specialized security inspections and audits in support of the Department's mission to provide effective protection to our personnel, facilities, and sensitive information. OIG also audits Department and BBG operations and activities to ensure that they are effective, efficient, and economical. The Office of Evaluations and Special Projects is our newest office and it, among other things, reviews allegations of administrative misconduct by senior officials and looks into whistleblower matters. Finally, OIG investigates instances of fraud, waste, and mismanagement that may constitute criminal or civil wrongdoing or violation of Department and BBG regulations.

We prepare many different kinds of reports that inform the Department and BBG, the public, and Congress about the results of our inspections, audits, and evaluations. These reports are found on our public website. Just to give you a sense of the scale of our work, in the last three years we released more than four hundred reports and have identified more than 1 billion dollars in potential monetary benefits. We also periodically issue Management Alerts, Management Assistance Reports and Information Reports, which alert senior Department and BBG management to systemic, high-risk issues requiring immediate corrective action without waiting until the end of an audit or inspection. I typically issue Management Alerts, and Assistant Inspectors General issue Management Assistance Reports and Information Reports.

I’m Emilia DiSanto, the Deputy Inspector General. To keep Congress informed of both concerns and progress at the Department and BBG, OIG produces two semiannual reports a year – for the six-month periods ending March 31 and September 30. These semiannual reports include an overview of our work over the last six months. For example, they summarize each report we have issued and identify particularly important issues, such as safety and security concerns, as well as significant costs that we have questioned or funds that may be put to better use. These Semiannual Reports also identify our recommendations for corrective action. In addition, we include extensive information regarding our investigative work, including matters referred for prosecution or administrative action. We also prepare an annual report that identifies the most significant management challenges facing the Department and BBG and how we are working to help the Department and BBG address and resolve those challenges.

There are several congressional committees with particular interest in the work of State’s Office of Inspector General. Key among these are the House and Senate committees on government oversight, foreign relations, Appropriations and Intelligence.

(IG Linick) OIG meets its oversight mission through the work of its offices –Inspections, Audits, Evaluation and Special Projects, Investigations, and Overseas Contingency Operations. Each office offers a unique perspective and plays a vital role in OIG’s comprehensive oversight. Individual office video can be found on each office’s unique webpage.

I encourage you to learn more about the Office of Inspector General for the US Department of State and Broadcasting Board of Governors by exploring our website – oig.state.gov

Find out more about OIG’s vision, mission, values and goals.

Locate and review all posted OIG reports back to 2003. Our “Find a Report” search tool allows you to find reports by category – audit, inspection, management alert, semiannual report to Congress, etc.; theme/topic; the subject’s geographical location; and the bureau or office covered in the report.

Learn how to submit a Hotline complaint - both as an employee of the Department or BBG, or as a contractor.

Get information on whistleblower protections and access the Contractor Whistleblower Reprisal form.

See how to submit a FOIA request, including links to additional, external FOIA/Privacy Act resources.

And search through jobs currently available at OIG.

Thank you for your interest in our work.