The Office of Investigations conducts worldwide investigations of criminal, civil, and administrative misconduct related to programs and operations of the Department of State (Department), the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).
Generally, investigations are conducted to resolve specific allegations or complaints, or examine information concerning possible violations of law, regulation, or policy. The office refers investigative results to the Department of Justice for criminal or civil prosecution and to the Department’s Bureau of Global Talent Management, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Office of the Procurement Executive, and other entities for administrative or other appropriate action. The office also maintains the OIG Hotline, a confidential channel to receive 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 has trained, credentialed, and sworn special agents who are federal law enforcement officers. Investigations conducted by OIG special agents usually are the result of allegations received from Department, USAGM, or USIBWC 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, the office works closely with federal, state, local, and international law enforcement partners and prosecutors.