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Top Management Challenges

This annual report represents OIG's current assessment of the Department's programs and activities and the most serious management challenges facing its respective bureaus. The FY 2015 report is aligned with the Department's strategic plan and identifies challenges within each of the Department's five strategic goals: trade and investment, innovation, environment, data, and operational excellence.

Semiannual Report to Congress

This report highlights work completed and initiated from October 1, 2014–March 31, 2015. During this period, we issued 18 audits, inspections, public investigative reports, and Congressional responses and testimonies addressing programs associated with the Department and its bureaus. Also included are investigative summaries of Commerce/bureau employees and outside organizations.​

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Reading rooms are a collection of reports, testimony, and other documents focused on a particular issue. These materials may also be found by clicking on the relevant oversight area on the right side of this page.

Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of Commerce's programs and operations. OIG also endeavors to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse.
OIG monitors and tracks the use of taxpayer dollars through audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations. The Inspector General keeps the Secretary of Commerce and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to Commerce's activities and the need for corrective action.
OIG has a Whistleblower Protection Program, including an ombudsman, established pursuant to the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.