IG Act Overview
In brief, The IG Act of 1978, as amended, grants the OIG the administrative authority to:
- Receive full access to all records and materials available to the Agency.
- Determine which audits, investigations, inspections, and reviews are necessary and issue appropriate reports.
- Issue subpoenas for non-Federal records.
- Report directly to the head of the Agency.
- Receive employee and other complaints, protect sources, and when necessary, refer matters to the United States Attorney General.
- Hire employees, experts, and consultants and procure necessary equipment and services.
- Obtain assistance from other agencies, including Federal, State, and local governments.