Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

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Congress passed the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452) establishing Offices of Inspector General within 12 Federal Agencies. In 1988 the Act was revised (Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended) to incorporate other Federal agencies including the National Archives and Records Administration

Office of the Inspector General

We are an independent office within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) that helps the Agency to more effectively and efficiently ensure ready access to essential evidence. We are responsible for bringing particularly serious problems, abuses, or deficiencies to the immediate attention of Congress while keeping the Archivist informed.

We are agents of positive change striving for continuous improvement in our agencies management and program operations and in our own office.

What We Do

We perform audits and investigations of NARA, its contractors, and its grantees, to promote economy and efficiency and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse. Twice a year we provide a Semi-annual Report to Congress that details the work we have done in the previous six months, including results of audits and investigations, proposed corrective actions and other accomplishments. In addition, NARA’s Office of Inspector General:

  • Coordinates or recommends policies for agency activities and for relationships between NARA and other federal agencies to promote efficiency and prevent waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement
  • Reviews proposed or existing legislation affecting the agency for impact on the economy and efficiency of operations
  • Keeps the Archivist and Congress fully informed of fraud, serious problems, abuses, and deficiencies; recommend corrective action, and; report progress in implementing corrective action
  • Reports suspected violations of federal criminal law to the appropriate personnel at the Department of Justice

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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272