External Peer Review of Department of State Office of Inspector General Inspection and Evaluation Organizations – 2023

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    This required external peer review of the U.S. Department of State Office of Inspector General was conducted in accordance with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Guide for Conducting Peer Reviews of Inspection and Evaluation Organizations of Federal Offices of Inspector General, dated December 2021. The peer review was conducted from April 3, 2023, through September 12, 2023.

    We assessed the extent to which three Department of State OIG offices complied with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation, known as the Blue Book, dated January 2012 and December 2020. Specifically, we assessed the Office of Inspections, or ISP; Office of Evaluations and Special Projects, or ESP; and Office of Audits, or AUD. This assessment included a review of the ISP, ESP, and AUD policies and procedures for implementing Blue Book standards. It also included a review of four inspection and evaluation reports issued from April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023, to determine whether they complied with Blue Book standards and the Department of State OIG’s internal policies and procedures outlined in the ISP Handbook, dated September 2021; ESP Handbook, dated July 2022; and AUD Policy for Evaluations and Reviews, dated November 2022. Details regarding our scope and methodology are in Enclosure 1.

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