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This report highlights work completed and initiated from October 1, 2017–March 31, 2018. Over the past 6 months, our office completed 14 audits, inspections, responses to Congressional requests, and public investigative reports—as well as 1 Congressional testimony. Also included are investigative summaries of Commerce/bureau employees and outside organizations.

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.