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This report highlights work completed and initiated from October 1, 2021–March 31, 2022. Over the past 6 months—in addition to issuing our annual Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Commerce report—our office issued 15 products related to our audit, evaluation, and inspection work.

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 a whistleblower protection coordinator, established pursuant to the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012.