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Semiannual Report to Congress: April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017

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Dec. 1, 2017 — During the past 6 months, the OIG issued a total of 55 reports, including several significant audits and evaluations. Of particular note, the OIG issued a “Compendium of Open Office of Inspector General Recommendations to the Department of Defense,” which summarized all recommendations issued to DoD Components that remained open as of March 31, 2017. Of the 1,298 open recommendations, 58 have associated potential monetary benefits, which if implemented, potentially could have saved the DoD billions of dollars. This compendium received significant attention throughout the DoD, and spurred corrective action on many of the open recommendations, which was its intended purpose.

 

This reporting period, our Audit component issued 40 reports that identified $202 million in questioned costs and $3.3 million funds put to better use. Our Policy and Oversight component issued eight evaluation reports addressing its oversight of audit, investigative, and technical issues in the DoD, including a follow up evaluation of military housing inspections in Korea and Japan. Our Special Plans and Operations component issued four reports. Our Intelligence and Special Program Assessments component released three reports, all three of which were classified.

 

Our Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) opened 468 cases, closed 465 cases, and has 1,623 ongoing investigations. These criminal cases primarily addressed allegations of procurement fraud, public corruption, product substitution, health care fraud, illegal transfer of technology, and cyber crimes. DCIS cases resulted in total receivables and recoveries of $1.1 billion. Additionally, DCIS investigations resulted in $763.7 million in civil judgments and settlements; $77.5 million in criminal fines, penalties, and restitution ordered; and $293.1 million in administrative recoveries.

 

In our Administrative Investigations (AI) component, the DoD Hotline received 7,106 contacts, opened 4,182 cases, and closed 4,056 cases. During the reporting period, AI received 399 senior official complaints and 904 whistleblower reprisal and restriction complaints, and closed 387 senior official and 864 whistleblower reprisal and restriction complaints.

 

We also continue our important responsibilities as the Lead Inspector General for two overseas contingency operations—Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. We work closely with our OIG partners from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, to provide coordinated oversight and reporting over these contingency operations. This continuous joint oversight among Federal Inspectors General is unique in the Federal Inspector General community, and is representative of an important “whole of government” approach to oversight of overseas contingency operations. This report also includes oversight work performed by other members of the Defense Accountability Community.