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Inspector General Act of 1978

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.