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Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2003–March 31, 2004
Office of the Inspector General

Overview of the OIG

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. 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 has jurisdiction to review the programs and personnel of the FBI, DEA, BOP, USMS, 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:

United States map indicating Audit and Investigations divisions geographic locations as of March 31, 2004. 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.

The OIG has a nationwide workforce of approximately 400 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff. For FY 2004, the OIG's direct appropriation is $60.8 million, and the OIG expects to earn an additional $2.5 million in reimbursements. The OIG also received $2.5 million from the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (Public Law 108-11) - funds that remain available until September 30, 2004.

As required by Section 5 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act), as amended, this Semiannual Report to Congress reviewing the accomplishments of the OIG for the six-month period of October 1, 2003, through March 31, 2004, is to be submitted no later than April 30, 2004, to the Attorney General for his review. The Attorney General is required to forward the report to Congress no later than May 31, 2004, along with information on the Department's position on audit resolution and follow-up activity in response to matters discussed in this report.

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