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Office of Inspector General

EPA OIG Organization Profile

This document reflects organizational performance data such as payroll statistics, ROI, recoveries, fines, environmental impact and other potential benefits of EPA OIG work. 

To learn more about our current performance data and the progress of our recommendations to the EPA, please visit our Semiannual Reports to Congress.

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What is the EPA OIG?

The Office of Inspector General is an independent organization that performs audits and investigations of the EPA to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse. Learn more

Organization Profile Slideshow: 2020

  • ROI for 2020 graphic 1. ROI for 2020
  • Payroll percentage of budget for 2020 2. Payroll percentage of budget for 2020
  • Recoveries and fines for 2020 3. Recoveries and fines for 2020
  • Investigation Outcome 4. Investigation outcome: 

    Based on a tip provided to the OIG Hotline, we investigated a company for fraudulently certifying to the EPA that 830 homes in Florida met ENERGY STAR standards. In October 2019, the company’s owner was sentenced to 36 months of probation and fined $31,125 for making a false statement to the EPA. As a direct result of this investigation, in March 2020, the EPA debarred both the owner and his company from participating in federal contracts and assistance activities for three years. This investigation illustrates how our work is not done in a vacuum and how working collaboratively with hotline complainants, whistleblowers, and the Agency helps us both detect and prevent fraud. 
  • Environmental Impact 5. Environmental impact: 

    Diagnosed EPA hurricane responses affecting air quality and water systems, and reported environmental and human health impact improvement opportunities for future disaster emergency responses including procedural, partnership, data, and communication reforms.

    Alerted the EPA and public of potential exposure to contamination after discovering slag, a waste material from historical mining and smelting, being provided or sold as a souvenir in Anaconda, Montana, despite the material being unapproved for that usage.

    Identified areas for improvements in the "circuit rider" program to better detect and prevent pesticide misuse and unnecessary risks to human health and the environment in Indian country.

    Uncovered EPA’s failure to assess potential air quality impacts on children’s health for proposed Glider Repeal Rule allowing used engines in heavy-duty trucks. 

    Mitigated harmful human health impacts by alerting EPA management to inform residents living near facilities with significant ethylene oxide emissions about their elevated cancer risks.

OIG Independence of EPA

The EPA's Office of Inspector General is a part of the EPA, although Congress provides our funding separate from the agency, to ensure our independence. We were created pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended Exit.

Environmental Protection Agency  |  Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2410T)  |  Washington, DC 20460  |  (202) 566-2391
OIG Hotline: 1-888-546-8740.