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Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2003–September 30, 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 involving Department programs and personnel and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. It 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 has jurisdiction to review the programs and personnel of the FBI; DEA; BOP; U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); USAOs; and all other organizations in the Department.

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

For the period covered by this Semiannual Report to Congress (report) - April 1 through September 30, 2003 - the OIG carried out its mission with a nationwide workforce of approximately 400 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff. For fiscal year (FY) 2003, following the transfer of $1.10 million and 15 full-time equivalents to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a result of the transfer of the INS from the Department to the DHS and the creation of the DHS's OIG, the OIG received $56.45 million in direct appropriations and earned an additional $3.636 million in reimbursements. The OIG also received $2.50 million from Public Law 108-11, the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003, funds that remain available until September 30, 2004.

As required by Section 5 of the IG Act, as amended, this report, reviewing the accomplishments of the OIG for the 6-month period ending September 30, 2003, is to be submitted no later than October 31, 2003, to the Attorney General for his review. The Attorney General is required to forward the report to Congress no later than November 30, 2003, along with information regarding the Department's position on audit resolution and follow-up activity in response to matters discussed in this report.

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

United States map indicating Audit and Investigations divisions geographic locations as of September 30, 2003. Locations of both Audit and Investigations divisions include San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.  Locations of Investigations division only include Los Angeles, Tucson, El Paso, Houston, Miami, Detroit, New York, and Boston.