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Report | May 28, 2020

Semiannual Report to the Congress – October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020


Publicly Released: June 1, 2020

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 October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, the DoD OIG issued 75 audit and evaluation reports, with 346 recommendations to the DoD for improvement.

The DoD OIG also completed 226 criminal investigations, some conducted jointly with other law enforcement organizations, resulting in 176 arrests, 166 criminal charges, 133 criminal convictions, $638.7 million in civil judgments and settlements, and $571.7 million in criminal fines, penalties, and restitution ordered. In addition, the DoD OIG oversaw 274 senior official, reprisal, and restriction investigations completed by the Military Service and Defense agency OIGs. The DoD OIG also issued six quarterly reports on overseas contingency operations. These accomplishments are discussed in more detail throughout the report.

The DoD OIG continues to conduct important and impactful oversight work. During this reporting period, we issued our Top DoD Management Challenges document, which identifies the most significant management challenges facing the DoD for FY 2020 and beyond. Each Inspector General is required by law to prepare this annual statement summarizing what the IG considers the “most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency.” In addition, the Top DoD Management Challenges document must also be included in the DoD’s annual financial report. In each of these challenges, we describe what the challenge is, the DoD’s efforts to address the challenge, and DoD OIG oversight work related to these challenges.

In addition, we issued our annual Oversight Plan, which describes the audits and evaluations the DoD OIG intends to conduct in FY 2020. The Oversight Plan and Top Management Challenges documents are related—the Oversight Plan is organized by management challenge. Each chapter provides a summary of a particular challenge, followed by an inventory of the oversight projects that directly align to that challenge.

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.

*Updated as of July 30, 2020 - Correction to information provided on page 49.

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