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Semiannual Report to the Congress – April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019

DoD OIG

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Publicly Released: December 2, 2019

The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, requires the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) to prepare semiannual reports summarizing its activities for the preceding 6-month period. These semiannual reports are intended to keep the Secretary of Defense and Congress fully informed of significant findings, progress the DoD has made relating to those findings, and recommendations for improvement.

For the reporting period of April 1, 2019, through September 30, 2019, DoD OIG components issued 54 audit and evaluation reports.

This report describes significant oversight the DoD OIG has performed over the past 6 months. The report also provides various statistical accomplishments of the DoD OIG during the reporting period and 409 recommendations to the DoD for improvement. The DoD OIG also completed multiple criminal investigations, some conducted jointly with other law enforcement organizations, resulting in 209 arrests, 269 criminal charges, 226 criminal convictions, $807 million in civil judgments and settlements, and $246 million in criminal fines, penalties, and restitution ordered.

In addition, the DoD OIG completed 29 senior official, reprisal, and restriction investigations, and oversaw 249 senior official, reprisal, and restriction investigations completed by the Military Service and Defense agency OIGs. The DoD OIG also issued quarterly reports on six overseas contingency operations.

In July 2019, the DoD OIG issued its third Compendium of Open Office of Inspector General Recommendations to the Department of Defense. Since 2017, this annual document has helped focus attention on open OIG recommendations to the DoD. This year’s Compendium identified 1,581 recommendations that remained open as of April 1, 2019. Among them are 41 open recommendations from DoD OIG reports with potential monetary benefits of $4.8 billion.

This year, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) recognized the impactful work of the DoD OIG during the 2019 CIGIE awards ceremony. The DoD OIG received eight awards across multiple categories. These awards highlight some of the most significant work produced by the DoD OIG, which was the result of the hard work and commitment of our employees.

These are just a few examples of DoD OIG accomplishments during this semiannual reporting period. The accomplishments reflected throughout this report are the result of the outstanding work by many DoD OIG employees.