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Office of Inspector General

OIG Reports

Following is a listing of all reports issued by the Office of Inspector General.

Congressionally Requested and Chemical Safety Board Reports

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

Our Audit Reports

The EPA OIG conducts financial and performance audits to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations and programs. Audits identify potential fraud, waste and abuse; assess program compliance and management of agency processes; identify opportunities to improve human health and the environment; and offer recommendations for cost savings and other efficiencies. 

Audits differ from our investigations in that they do not deal with criminal activities and generally look at groups, processes, controls or structures, not individual employees. Also, when initiated, most audits are announced publicly, and upon their conclusion, a final report is posted here on the Reports page.

2019 OIG Reports

Date Title Publication Number Environmental Goal(s) Report Teams
June 24, 2019 EPA Complied with Applicable Laws and Rules for the July 2017 Superfund Task Force Report but Could Improve Transparency 19-P-0201 Cleaning up and revitalizing land L
June 24, 2019 EPA Needs to Improve Oversight of the Senior Environmental Employment Program 19-P-0198 Operating efficiently and effectively C
June 20, 2019  Management Implication Report Concerning the EPA's Process for Certifying that EPA Attorneys Possess an Active Bar Membership       
June 21, 2019 Pesticide Registration Fee, Vulnerability Mitigation and Database Security Controls for EPA’s FIFRA and PRIA Systems Need Improvement 19-P-0195 Ensuring the safety of chemicals, Operating efficiently and effectively IRM
June 4, 2019 Quality Assurance Review of EPA OIG Audit Assignments Completed in Fiscal Year 2018 19-N-0167    
June 3, 2019 EPA Demonstrates Effective Controls for Its On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicle Compliance Program; Further Improvements Could Be Made 19-P-0168 Improving air quality, Compliance with the law ER
May 31, 2019 EPA Complied with Improper Payments Legislation but Stronger Internal Controls Are Needed 19-P-0163 Compliance with the law C
May 30, 2019 Semiannual Report to Congress: Oct 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019 EPA-350-R-19-001    
May 21, 2019 Insufficient Practices for Managing Known Security Weaknesses and System Settings Weaken EPA's Ability to Combat Cyber Threats 19-P-0158 Compliance with the law, Operating efficiently and effectively IRM
May 20, 2019 EPA Overpaid Invoices Due to Insufficient Contract Management Controls  19-P-0157 Operating efficiently and effectively C
May 20, 2019 FY 2019 U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Management Challenges 19-N-0156 U.S. Chemical Safety Board SP
May 16, 2019

Actions Needed to Strengthen Controls over the EPA Administrator's and Associated Staff's Travel

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19-P-0155 Compliance with the law, Operating efficiently and effectively FO
May 15, 2019 EPA Region 5 Needs to Act on Transfer Request and Petition Regarding Ohio's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Permit Program 19-N-0154 Ensuring the safety of chemicals W
May 9, 2019 CSB Still Needs to Improve Its 'Incident Response' and 'Identity and Access Management' Information Security Functions 19-P-0147 U.S. Chemical Safety Board IRM
May 7, 2019 Corrective Actions and Additional Guidance Have Improved EPA's Fiscal Responsibility over Superfund Interagency Agreements 19-P-0146 Operating efficiently and effectively EF
Apr 18, 2019 Regional Research Programs Address Agency Needs but Could Benefit from Enhanced Project Tracking 19-P-0123 Improving EPA research programs ER
Apr 8, 2019 Management Alert: Certain Toxic Release Inventory Data Disclosed to the Public Are Inaccurate  19-N-0115   L
Mar 29, 2019 EPA's Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Fund Financial Statements 19-F-0086 Operating efficiently and effectively FA
Mar 21, 2019 Management Alert: Hotline Concerns over Region 9 Regional Administrator's Duty Station and Travel 19-N-0087   FO
Mar 8, 2019

Management Alert - Destruction of a Document Used to Certify Security of EPA's Budget Formulation System  

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19-N-0085   IRM
Mar 8, 2019 EPA Finalized a Study of the Historical Applications of Coal Ash as Structural Fill 19-N-0084 Cleaning up and revitalizing land L
Feb 12, 2019 U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's Compliance for Fiscal Year 2018 with Improper Payments Legislation and Guidance 19-N-0070   EF
Jan 30, 2019 EPA Consistently Implements Processes Within Its Information Security Program, but Opportunities for Improvement Exist 19-P-0058 Compliance with the law, Operating efficiently and effectively IRM


2018 OIG Reports are available.

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GAGAS and Non-GAGAS Reports

Reports from October 2016 and later marked with a P, F or A in their report number follow GAGAS, Exitofficial examination standards established by the federal government. This sign of quality ensures the integrity, objectivity and independence of our work. 

Reports marked with an N signify the limited “non-GAGAS” work that reflects back on our recent recommendations to highlight the impact of our oversight mission.

Report Type Middle Character (i.e., 17-X-001)
GAGAS-compliant reports P, F, A
Non-GAGAS-compliant reports N

Report Teams

  • A - Air 
  • CSB - US Chemical Safety Board 
  • C - Contracts and Assistance Agreement
  • EF - Efficiency
  • FA - Financial
  • FO - Forensic
  • IRM - Information Resources Management
  • L - Land Cleanup and Waste Management
  • OM - Office of Management
  • SP - Special Programs (prev SPR)
  • ER - Environmental Research (prev ERP)
  • T - Toxics, Chemical Management and Pollution Prevention 
  • W - Water

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.