Fiscal Year 2022 Inspector General Statement on the Department of State’s Major Management and Performance Challenges

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    This report is provided in accordance with the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000.1 Each year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of State (Department) identifies the most significant management and performance challenges facing the Department and provides a brief assessment of the Department’s progress in addressing those challenges. We assess progress primarily through our compliance process, which relates to individual and often targeted recommendations. Our oversight work provides a unique window into common and emergent issues.

    Throughout FY 2022, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affected OIG’s operations for a third consecutive year, but we adapted our programs and processes to ensure our critical functions continued. Despite such obstacles, we published 85 reports in FY 2022. Based on these reports and our previous work, OIG identified the following major management and performance challenges facing the Department:

    • Protecting People and Facilities
    • Managing and Overseeing Contracts, Grants, and Foreign Assistance
    • Managing and Securing Information
    • Managing Property and Finances
    • Operating in Contingency and Critical Environments
    • Managing the Workforce
    • Promoting Accountability Through Internal Coordination and Clear Lines of Authority

    This document includes examples of reports and findings that illustrate these challenge areas. In addition to publicly available work, OIG issues a number of Sensitive But Unclassified2 and Classified reports throughout the year. Many of the findings in these reports reinforce our assessment of these management challenges.

    Continued attention to management challenges will improve the Department’s capacity to fulfill its mission while exhibiting good stewardship of public resources. OIG encourages the Department to apply specific recommendations broadly, where systemic improvements can be made that result in meaningful change.


    1 The Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, § 3, Public Law 106-531 (amending 31 United States Code [U.S.C.] § 3516).
    2 Sensitive But Unclassified material is information that is not classified for national security reasons, but warrants/requires administrative control and protection from public or other unauthorized disclosure for other reasons.