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Issue Areas

With a small fraction of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s resources, we must carefully prioritize our work. When prioritizing work, among other factors, we consider the impact on employee and public trust; vulnerable populations; financial management; and health, safety, and security. Below you will find highlighted areas of emphasis for the Office of Inspector General. 

Money looking through PPE masks
The OIG is charged with oversight of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s $756 million pandemic relief fund. Learn how we are fulfilling our mission to prevent fraud, waste, and misuse during this crisis.
Responsibility to Native Americans
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education provide services to 574 federally recognized tribes with a population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. OIG oversight helps prevent fraud and mismanagement that diverts funds from those in need.
Financial Management
DOI has significant financial assets, including contracts, financial assistance awards (grants and cooperative agreements), property, and other resources. Within this broad area, we prioritize oversight work on grants and contracts, CARES Act, and spending under the Great American Outdoors Act.
Energy Management
The DOI manages lands, subsurface rights, and offshore areas that produce approximately 19 percent of the Nation’s energy. The management and regulation of the development of natural resources from lands and waters under DOI jurisdiction directly contribute to our Nation’s economic health and security.