Inspector General

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The purpose of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement; and to promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency in government. The OIG is an independent entity within the Peace Corps. The inspector general (IG) reports directly to the Peace Corps Director. In addition, the IG reports to Congress semiannually with data on OIG activities.

The Peace Corps inspector general is Kathy A. Buller.


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Major Functions of OIG

OIG is authorized by law to review all programs and operations of the Peace Corps. The OIG consists of three units:

Auditors

Auditors review functional activities of the Peace Corps, such as contract compliance and financial and program operations, to ensure accountability and to recommend improved levels of economy and efficiency.

Evaluators

Evaluators analyze the management and program operations of the Peace Corps at both overseas posts and domestic offices. They identify best practices and recommend program improvements and the means to comply with Peace Corps policies.

Investigators

Investigators respond to allegations of criminal or administrative wrongdoing by Peace Corps personnel, including experts and consultants, and by those who do business with the Peace Corps, including contractors.

OIG staff

In their on-site visits, OIG staff members encourage post self-evaluations, identify problem areas, and recommend corrective actions. They conduct inspections focused on administrative compliance with rules and regulations. In addition, they review the safety and security of Volunteers and staff. More broadly, OIG staff identify common problems and trends from post to post and offer guidance for quality improvements agency-wide.

Reportable Offenses

OIG serves as the law enforcement arm of the Peace Corps and works closely with the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies.

The following are examples of offenses listed in the Peace Corps Manual that should be reported to the OIG when they involve Peace Corps staff, Volunteers, trainees, contractors, experts, or consultants; or when they involve funds, including Peace Corps' appropriations, host country contributions, or any other agency funding sources:

Contacting OIG

Persons concerned about possible wrongdoing can contact the OIG in person, online at www.peacecorps.gov/OIG/ContactUs, by e-mail or by telephoning the OIG Hotline at 800.233.5874. The OIG accepts anonymous complaints, but investigations are generally more effective if the complainant is available to provide information and documents upon request. The identity of an informant will be protected to the extent possible. Informants are protected from reprisal under the IG Act, as well as other statutes, and should notify the OIG of any real or perceived retaliation.

External Links

Inspector General Official US Peace Corps Website

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