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News | Nov. 3, 2022

DoD OIG participates in Complex Emergencies Working Group

This week, Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell, Deputy Inspector General Troy Meyer, and Principal Deputy Director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service James Ives attended the Complex Emergencies Working Group at The Hague, Netherlands.

The DoD Office of Inspector General (OIG) leaders met with officials from the OIGs of the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, and international oversight and law enforcement partners from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Sweden, among other countries.  Participants shared lessons learned and best practices related to investigations, procurement fraud, and working with Ukrainian national authorities.

During the event, Acting Inspector General O’Donnell participated in a question-and-answer panel and touched on the important role the oversight community plays in ensuring accountability and transparency in complex emergencies.  “Inspectors General are here to protect the integrity of the organizations we oversight, and we act with integrity when we’re independent. When we speak to our government leaders and to the public, they deserve to know we’re having honest conversations about the crucial oversight we conduct.”

Sharing insights and feedback among U.S. Government oversight agencies and the international community enables the DoD OIG and its partners to adapt and ensure the effectiveness of their independent oversight of assistance to Ukraine.