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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 2016 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.

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.