About OIG

OIG inspects each of the approximately 260 embassies, diplomatic posts, and international broadcasting installations throughout the world to determine whether policy goals are being achieved and whether the interests of the United States are being represented and advanced effectively. Additionally, OIG performs specialized security inspections and audits in support of the Department's mission to provide effective protection to our personnel, facilities, and sensitive information. OIG also audits Department and USAGM operations and activities to ensure that they are as effective, efficient, and economical as possible. Finally, OIG investigates instances of fraud, waste, and mismanagement that may constitute either criminal wrongdoing or violation of Department and USAGM regulations.

Vision, Mission, & Values

Vision, Mission, & Values Poster


To be a world-class organization and a catalyst for effective management, accountability, and positive change in the Department, the U.S. Agency for Global Media, and the foreign affairs community. 


To conduct independent audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations to promote economy and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the programs and operations of the Department and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.



We remain independent, striving to maintain the highest level of trust, integrity, and professionalism. Our work is fact-based, objective, and supported by sufficient, appropriate evidence in accordance with professional standards. This means:

  • Performing our work free from prejudice, bias, outside influence, or conflict of interest
  • Providing accurate, objective information to stakeholders
  • Maintaining our independence both in fact and in appearance
  • Complying with laws, regulations, and ethical standards
  • Honoring and protecting confidential information


We accept responsibility for our work products and services, upholding the highest professional standards by evaluating and measuring our results against stated performance measures and targets. We strive to ensure that our work is relevant, credible, and timely. This means:

  • Accepting responsibility for our behavior
  • Keeping commitments
  • Informing people early if we encounter barriers to meeting commitments
  • Holding each other responsible to model OIG behaviors


Our success depends on working together and fostering an inclusive and mutually supportive environment. Our work environment encourages collaboration, innovation, flexibility, and integration of OIG resources. This means:

  • Sharing our knowledge and information (as appropriate) to help each other be successful
  • Extending trust to one another and focusing on maintaining that trust—and where needed—restoring trust
  • Acknowledging the role and value each person brings to the team
  • Collaborating with each other in interdisciplinary teams across OIG—auditors, inspectors, evaluators or investigators


We clarify expectations up front and communicate openly, honestly, and accurately with our associates and our stakeholders. We look for ways to improve ourselves and our work products by seeking, giving, and using both praise and constructive feedback. This means:

  • Engaging in clear, regular, and timely communication.
  • Listening actively to improve mutual understanding of other points of view and intentions.
  • Speaking directly with individuals to resolve conflict.
  • Asking for, giving, and applying feedback to continuously improve.
  • Seeking opportunities to increase skills and knowledge and identifying better ways to perform our work.


We promote diversity and equal opportunity throughout the organization. We value and respect the views of others.


People and Infrastructure

  • Invest in our people to attract, develop, and maintain a highly qualified, motivated and results-oriented workforce
  • Strengthen internal operations, platforms, and processes to give them the tools to accomplish their mission


  • Provide timely, high quality, and independent products and services that promote accountability and effective management in the Department and the USAGM.


  • Engage stakeholders and employees in order to conduct effective oversight and address priorities and challenges of the Department and USAGM.