Offices of Inspector General are established by law at the local, state, and federal levels. Inspector Generals and their Offices share a consistent mandate: they are responsible for eliminating corruption, fraud, and abuse, and holding government officials accountable for efficient and cost-effective government.
Offices of Inspector General audit, inspect, evaluate, and investigate government programs and operations, reporting their findings in publicly released reports. OIG work products are judged by their timeliness, accuracy, objectivity, fairness, and usefulness; they must adhere to the highest professional standards and quality controls.
OIGs are granted substantial powers to perform these oversight duties. To maintain the public trust, Inspector Generals and their staff must maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism: they must hold themselves to the same or higher standards than other government entities and have a duty to conduct their own work in an efficient and effective manner.Read more about the history of Inspectors General