What does the Office of Inspector General do?


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The Office of Inspector General is in charge of investigating allegations and claims of misconduct by employees and employers within governmental agencies' programs. The OIG is essentially a watchdog for governmental departments or military organizations. Inspector Generals have the authority to issue subpoenas and take testimonials from the people being investigated. The OIG are instructed to report their findings to Congress and the Department of Justice.

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The Office of Inspector General was established by the Inspector General Act of 1978 to fight fraud, waste and violations. There are 72 OIG offices across the federal government as of 2015. Inspector Generals are appointed by the President of the United States and must also be approved by Senate. All OIG offices are governed by the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

The Health and Human Services OIG department is the largest inspector general's office in the United States. The HHS OIG mostly oversees Medicare and Medicaid because these health programs comprise a significant portion of the federal budget. The HHS Office of Inspector General's office also oversees the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. The current inspector general is Daniel R. Levinson.

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