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Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2002–March 31, 2003
Office of the Inspector General


The OIG is a statutorily created independent entity whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in Department programs and personnel and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. The Inspector General (IG), who is appointed by the President subject to Senate confirmation, reports to the Attorney General and Congress.

The OIG investigates alleged violations of criminal and civil laws, regulations, and ethical standards arising from the conduct of Department employees in their numerous and diverse activities. The OIG also audits and inspects Department programs and assists management in promoting integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The OIG consists of the Immediate Office of the IG and the following divisions and offices:

The OIG has jurisdiction to review programs and personnel in all Department components, including the FBI, DEA, BOP, USMS, INS (through February 28, 2003), ATF (effective January 24, 2003), USAOs, and all other Department organizations.

The OIG carried out its mission during this reporting period with a nationwide workforce of approximately 395 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff. For fiscal year (FY) 2003, the OIG's direct appropriation is $57.937 million and the OIG expects to earn an additional $3.511 million in reimbursements.

This Semiannual Report to Congress (Report) reviews the accomplishments of the OIG for the 6-month period ending March 31, 2003. As required by Section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act), as amended, this Report is submitted no later than April 30, 2003, to the Attorney General for his review. No later than May 31, 2003, the Attorney General is required to forward the Report to Congress along with his Semiannual Management Report to Congress, which presents the Department's position on audit resolution and follow-up activity discussed in the Report.

Information about the OIG and full-text versions of many of its reports are available on the OIG's website at

United States map indicating Audit and Investigations divisions geographic locations as of March 31, 2003. Locations of both Audit and Investigations divisions include San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Locations of Investigations division only include Seattle, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego, El Centro, Tucson, El Paso, Mc Allen, Houston, Miami, Detroit, New York, and Boston. Locations of Audit division only include Denver.