Michael T. Ryan
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
The Office of Investigations has broad jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of alleged violations of Federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to Department/USAGM programs and operations. These issues include procurement fraud, grant fraud, false claims, public corruption, conflicts of interest, trafficking in persons, and employee misconduct or serious wrongdoing (including misuse or theft of Department/USAGM property or services; payment or solicitation of bribes, illegal gratuities, or kickbacks; and violations of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, the Code of Federal Regulations, or other governing rules or standards). Generally, investigations are conducted to resolve specific allegations, complaints, or other information concerning possible violations of law, regulation, or policy. In contrast, an OIG audit, evaluation, or inspection is conducted to examine organizational program performance or financial management matters, typically of a systemic nature.
Administrative violations are referred to the Department's Bureau of Human Resources and to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, when appropriate, for independent adjudication and action. Individuals and employees suspected of violating Federal criminal or civil statutes are referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution. The office also maintains the OIG Hotline, a confidential channel for complaints about violations of law or regulation, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.
OIG’s Office of Investigations consists of trained, credentialed, and sworn special agents—these criminal investigators are Federal law enforcement officers . Investigations conducted by OIG special agents usually are the result of allegations received from Department or USAGM management or employees, other OIG offices, Inspectors General of other agencies, the Congress, or the public. As necessary, the assistance of OIG auditors, inspectors, and other experts may be enlisted in investigative operations. In addition, both domestically and internationally, our Office of Investigations works closely with our Federal, State, local, and international law enforcement partners and prosecutors.