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Office of Inspector General

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Sections

  1. Mission and Responsibilities
  2. Organization
  3. Order of Succession
  4. Functions and Responsibilities Of OIG Components
    1. Immediate Office of the Inspector General
    2. Investigation Services
    3. Audit Services
    4. Evaluation, Inspections and Management Services
    5. Information Technology Audits and Computer Crimes Investigations
  5. Primary Delegations of Authority

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I. Mission and Responsibilities

The mission of the Office of Inspector General is to promote the efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars in support of American education by providing independent and objective assistance to the Congress and the Secretary in assuring continuous improvement in program delivery, effectiveness, and integrity.

The Inspector General serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on matters related to promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in the administration of Departmental programs and operations. To do this, the Office of Inspector General:

  • Conducts independent audits, investigations, inspections and other reviews of Departmental programs and operations.
  • Provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities to achieve its mission, including review of existing and proposed legislation and regulations and making recommendations on their impact on programs and operations.
  • Informs the Secretary and the Congress about problems needing corrective action and progress of corrective-e actions in Departmental programs and operations.
  • Recommends policies for, and conducts or coordinates relationships between the Department and other Federal agencies, State and local government agencies and non-governmental entities on issues relating to its mission.

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II. Organization

The Office of Inspector General is under the direction of the Inspector General who reports directly to the Deputy Secretary and the Secretary of Education.

The Office of Inspector General utilizes a structure based on teams to manage its functions.

III. Order of Succession

In the event that the Inspector General dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office and the office is thereby deemed to be vacant, as defined by the Vacancies Act, and the President has not designated in writing another individual to act as the Inspector General, the Deputy Inspector General, as the designated “first assistant” under the Vacancies Act, shall perform the functions and duties of the office in an acting capacity. If both the offices of the Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General are vacant, or the time period during which the Deputy Inspector General may serve in acting capacity has expired, the individuals listed below the Deputy Inspector General, in the order shown, are authorized to perform the functions and duties of the office of the Inspector General, except for any functions and duties that are required by law to be performed only by the Inspector General or by someone officially acting in such capacity.

In instances where the office of the Inspector General is filled, but the Inspector General is absent, unavailable, otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the position, and/or there is a disruption in the normal channels of direction and communication, and there is no person officially serving in an acting capacity, and unless the Inspector General or the Secretary, in writing, designates another individual to perform the functions and duties of the Inspector General, the following officials, in the order shown, are delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the office of the Inspector General, except for any functions and duties that are required by law to be performed only by the Inspector General or by someone officially acting in such capacity:

Deputy Inspector General

Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services

Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services

Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations

Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation, Inspection, and Management Services

Counsel to the Inspector General

Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services.

Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation Services

Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations

Special Agent in Charge, Central Region.

For a planned period of absence, each individual will designate an appropriate official to act in his/her position.

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Last Modified: 06/28/2013