OIG Report Recommendations Definitions

Questioned Costs

Costs that are questioned by OIG because of an alleged violation of a provision; costs not supported by adequate documentation; or a finding that the expenditure of funds for the intended purpose is unnecessary or unreasonable.

Allowed: A cost questioned by OIG that management has decided should be charged to the Government.

Disallowed: A cost questioned by OIG that management has agreed should not be charged to the Government.

Funds Put to Better Use

Funds that could be used more efficiently if management took actions to implement and complete the recommendation.

Agreed: The dollar value of recommendations that management agreed to implement.

Disagreed: The dollar value of recommendations that management disagreed with implementing.


Open- Unresolved: No agreement between OIG and management on the recommendation or corrective action.

Open - Resolved: Agreement on the recommendation and proposed corrective action but implementation has not been completed.

Closed: Agreed-upon corrective action is complete.

Significant: a recommendation for corrective action addressing a problem, abuse, or deficiency relating to the administration of programs and operations of the department or agency that the Office has deemed to be noteworthy and described in its semiannual report to Congress.

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