Investigative Report of Markley Cove Marina

WED, JULY 30, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

We investigated an allegation that USBR intended to award a long-term noncompetitive contract to a concessioner to operate the Markley Cove Marina, Lake Berryessa, CA, even though doing so might violate USBR and DOI policies on contract competition. Read More >


Internal report finds BLM can speed oil, gas permitting

WED, JULY 2, 2014, 11:45 AM EST

OIG recommended 6 actions that could help speed up BLM considerations of oil and gas drilling on Federal and Indian land. Read More >


Onshore Oil and Gas Permitting, U.S. Department of the Interior

MON, JUNE 30, 2014, 04:45 PM EST

Six recommendations, if implemented, should significantly increase BLM’s capability to process Applications for Permits to Drill, reducing processing times and lessening the burden on industry and BLM. Read More >


The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services may not have Provided Head Start Services to the Neediest Children

TUE, JUNE 24, 2014, 10:24 AM EST

The VI Department of Human Services may not have given the neediest children priority in Head Start program enrollment because of inaccurate electronic information, not retaining eligibility documents, and not meeting disability enrollment requirements. Read More >


Disorganization to blame for lengthy outage of Interior Dept. websites, review says

MON, JUNE 9, 2014, 01:52 PM EST

The Interior Department's website crashed on January 1, 2014, due to a power surge and was down for nearly a week. An IG report states that the site was down for so long because nobody was sure what was going on or who was responsible for fixing it. Read More >


U.S. Department of the Interior Web Hosting Services

THU, JUNE 5, 2014, 11:16 AM EST

The DOI and OIG websites experienced a 7-day outage due to information systems that had insufficient contingency planning to prepare for a major power failure. The systems were not properly authorized to operate and had outdated security documentation. Read More >


Investigative Report of Anthony Babauta

WED, JUNE 4, 2014, 03:53 PM EST

Our investigation found that former Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Anthony Babauta steered Federal contracts to friends, mistreated his employees, and abused the power of his position. Babauta resigned on January 24, 2013. Read More >


April 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress

THU, MAY 29, 2014, 12:38 PM EST

The April 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress highlights the audit and investigative activities that our office completed between October 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, and focuses on high-priority programs within the Department. Read More >


Two Business Owners Indicted in Alleged Wire Fraud Conspiracy To Fraudulently Obtain More Than $1.8 Million In Government Contracts Under SBA’s 8(A) Program

THU, MAY 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

A Federal grand jury indicted Yogesh K. Patel and Wesley Burnett for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain over $1.8 million in Federal contracts through the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. Read More >


Bureau of Land Management’s Mineral Materials Program

THU, APRIL 3, 2014, 01:55 PM EST

OIG audited BLM’s mineral materials program and found that BLM has little assurance that it obtains market value for mineral materials, recovers the processing cost for mineral contracts, verifies sales production, or resolves issues of unauthorized use. Read More >


U.S. Department of the Interior’s Underground Injection Control Activities

WED, APRIL 2, 2014, 12:04 PM EST

OIG found that wastewater wells on DOI lands could threaten nearby drinking water supplies. Read More >


Bureau of Indian Affairs Real Property Leases

FRI, JANUARY 31, 2014, 03:58 PM EST

OIG performed an inspection of BIA real property leases and found the Bureau had leased property without approval in excess of square footage limits. OIG identified more than $32 million spent without GSA leasing approval. Read More >


Records Management at Selected Bureau of Indian Affairs' Agency Offices

FRI, JANUARY 31, 2014, 03:21 PM EST

An inspection of record keeping at three BIA agency offices found that two offices had significant shortcomings and that record keeping at some agencies needs improvement. We subsequently made three recommendations to BIA to improve its record keeping. Read More >


Investigative Report of OSM Environmental Review

FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 03:07 PM EST

We investigated whether OSM pressured contractors to lower their estimate of the number of potential job losses associated with a proposed rule to protect streams located near coal mines, and then ended the contract when they refused. Read More >


Ex-BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages to obstruct oil spill probe

FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 09:59 AM EST

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation. Read More >


United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds (Revised)

MON, DECEMBER 16, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

The Office of Inspector General reviewed the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds in response to concerns expressed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement about increasing administrative costs. Read More >


Semiannual Report to Congress - October 2013

FRI, NOVEMBER 29, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

This report, covering the period April 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013, highlights audit and investigative activities completed by the Office of Inspector General and focuses on high-priority programs within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read More >


Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company Sentenced to $6.4 Million Criminal Penalty for False Writings Related to Well Control Testing

TUE, NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 11:29 AM EST

Helmerich & Payne pleaded guilty to one count of violating Title 18, USC, Section 1018 which charged the drilling company with knowingly making and delivering false writings in connection with the company's drilling activities in Gulf of Mexico. Read More >


Federal and State charges filed in joint investigation involving Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

TUE, NOVEMBER 12, 2013, 01:44 PM EST

Federal and state grand juries returned indictments this week following a joint investigation into the activities of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and a $3 million grant issued to the City of D’Iberville. Read More >


Bureau of Land Management's Branch of National Acquisitions, National Operations Center

THU, OCTOBER 24, 2013, 12:40 PM EST

Our audit of a systems development contract administered by Acquisitions (part of the National Business Center prior to 2007) found that Acquisitions had not administered many aspects of that contract according to the FAR or BLM procurement policies. Read More >


U.S. Department of the Interior's Offshore Renewable Energy Program

MON, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, 05:13 PM EST

Our evaluation of DOI’s Offshore Renewable Energy Program found that DOI can improve management oversight and accountability by updating its regulations, documenting policies and procedures, and ensuring that the Program has proper separation of duties. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior

THU, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013, 03:48 PM EST

We audited DOI’s e-travel system and found significant weaknesses in the design of the system and DOI’s management of the travel process. We made 13 recommendations to improve travel planning efficacy and accounting accuracy; DOI concurred. Read More >


Dale Drew Old Horn, Allen Joseph Old Horn, And Shawn Talking Eagle Danforth Found Guilty In U.S. Federal Court

WED, AUGUST 21, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

Three found guilty in U.S. Federal court of conspiracy to defraud the Crow Tribe. Read More >


Former Fresno Resident Charged For Fraudulent Bonding Scheme Involving Government Contracts

WED, AUGUST 14, 2013, 02:02 PM EST

Abel Martin Carreon, 55, formerly of Fresno, made his first appearance in United States District Court in Fresno for a scheme to defraud the government that resulted in a loss of more than $1 million Read More >


Enforcement of Approximate Original Contour in Oklahoma by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

WED, AUGUST 7, 2013, 12:06 PM EST

OIG has completed an inspection to determine whether OSM is ensuring that the Oklahoma Department of Mines is properly enforcing Federal requirements to reclaim lands disturbed by coal mining. Read More >


Report: Fish and Wildlife Service ignored whistle-blower complaints

THU, AUGUST 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

The Washington Post published an article about whistle-blower retaliation within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More >


Bill seeks to speed the filling of inspectors general vacancies

SUN, JULY 28, 2013, 01:59 PM EST

The Washington Post published an article about legislation that would transfer appointment authority of an IG to the House speaker and the Senate president pro tempore whenever the president does not nominate someone within 2010 days of an opening. Read More >


Indian Land Consolidation: Proper Use of Funding Agreements with Tribes

THU, JULY 25, 2013, 01:42 PM EST

In the most recent management advisory regarding DOI’s implementation of the land consolidation portion of the Cobell v. Salazar settlement, OIG addressed the proper use of funding agreements with tribes participating in the land consolidation program. Read More >


Management of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, State of Mississippi

MON, JULY 1, 2013, 11:10 AM EST

Our audit of DOI’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants to the State of Mississippi found multiple deficiencies that led us to question almost $30 million. We issued 37 recommendations to help FWS eliminate deficiencies and correct errors. Read More >


U.S. Department of the Interior's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

FRI, JUNE 28, 2013, 01:48 PM EST

OIG audited 6 landscape conservation cooperatives (LCCs) that are part of a Nationwide network that serve as the front line for climate change activities. We provided 15 recommendations to FWS to improve management of financial assistance awards. Read More >


Review of U.S. Park Police Weapons Accountability Program

THU, JUNE 27, 2013, 07:06 PM EST

Management of the U.S. Park Police firearms inventory came under OIG scrutiny following allegations concerning its accountability and oversight. OIG called for immediate action to address systemic weaknesses conducive to firearms theft and misuse. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior - U.S. Geological Survey

WED, JUNE 19, 2013, 02:54 PM EST

As a part of our audit of DOI’s travel system and travel processes, we issued individual reports to DOI’s bureaus detailing their unique management deficiencies. We issued three recommendations specific to USGS, who mostly concurred. Read More >


Undervalued Coal Leases Seen as Costing Taxpayers

WED, JUNE 12, 2013, 08:38 AM EST

New York Times article details the tens of millions of coal mining lease payments the Interior Department is failing to collect according to the Office of Inspector General report. Read More >


Coal Management Program, U.S. Department of the Interior

TUE, JUNE 11, 2013, 05:07 PM EST

An EAU team from Central Region’s AIE made 13 recommendations to BLM concerning coal mining on Government lands. BLM concurred with 12 recommendations and partially concurred with another. Read More >


Semiannual Report to Congress – April 2013

THU, MAY 30, 2013, 12:22 PM EST

This report, covering the period October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013, highlights audit and investigative activities completed by the Office of Inspector General and focuses on high-priority programs within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management

THU, MAY 23, 2013, 11:43 AM EST

This report is part of our DOI-wide audit of its travel system and travel processes. We issued individual reports to DOI’s bureaus detailing their unique management deficiencies. We issued two recommendations specific to BLM, who concurred with both. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

THU, MAY 23, 2013, 11:29 AM EST

As a part of our DOI-wide audit of its travel system and travel processes, we issued individual reports to DOI’s bureaus detailing their unique management deficiencies. We issued two recommendations specific to FWS, who generally concurred with both. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

THU, MAY 23, 2013, 11:09 AM EST

As a part of our audit of DOI’s travel system and travel processes, we issued individual reports to DOI’s bureaus detailing their unique management deficiencies. We issued two recommendations specific to OSM, who partially concurred. Read More >


GovTrip Use and Monitoring by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs

THU, MAY 23, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

This report is part of our DOI-wide audit of its travel system and travel processes. We issued individual reports to DOI’s bureaus detailing their unique management deficiencies. We issued two recommendations specific to BIA, who concurred with both. Read More >


NPS Contractor Oversight of Visitor Tent Cabins at Yosemite National Park Involved in Hantavirus Outbreak

MON, MAY 20, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

Our objective was to determine if NPS provided adequate oversight of the Yosemite National Park tent cabins involved in the hantavirus outbreak. NPS followed its policy regarding oversight. It also mobilized to contain and prevent further outbreaks. Read More >


Former UCLA Physics Professor Agrees to Plead Guilty in Federal Contract Fraud Case and Pay Nearly $1.7 Million in Damages

THU, MAY 9, 2013, 03:16 PM EST

A former UCLA physics professor has agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges and pay nearly $1.7 million in penalties for submitting fraudulent invoices related to nanotechnology research he was performing for federal government entities. Read More >


Lessons Learned from the Recovery Act: An Agency and OIG Retrospective

MON, MAY 6, 2013, 10:46 AM EST

We led an interagency review with the goal of identifying actions, processes, or mechanisms that either benefitted or posed challenges to 16 Federal agencies and OIGs as they attempted to meet the requirements of the Recovery Act. Read More >


Investigative Report of the Tejon Indian Tribe

TUE, APRIL 30, 2013, 12:21 PM EST

We investigated former ASIA Larry Echo Hawk’s decision to “reaffirm” the Tejon Indian Tribe rather than go by the official acknowledgment process. He used no discernible process to select the Tribe, and his decision had consequences for the Tejon and DOI. Read More >


Central Valley Repayment Status and Payoff

THU, MARCH 28, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

We conducted an evaluation to determine whether the Federal Government will recover its investments in USBR’s Central Valley Project by its 2030 deadline. We found that USBR is not making steady progress toward recovery of investments in the project. Read More >


Management of Social Services in BIA: Opportunity for Action

THU, MARCH 21, 2013, 10:41 AM EST

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) provides about $137 million each year for programs that allow tribes to administer social services to members. We found inadequate communication among BIA and tribes which has hindered effective social services. Read More >


Office of lnspector General's Independent Report on the Bureau of lndian Affairs' Fiscal Year 2012 Accounting and Performance Summary Review Reports for the Office of National Drug Control Policy

TUE, MARCH 19, 2013, 01:57 PM EST

We reviewed BIA’s assertion that it met Office of National Drug Control Policy criteria for an alternative reporting method for a required report. We found nothing that caused us to believe BIA had not made its assertion in accordance with the criteria. Read More >


Bureau of Land Management's Geothermal Resources Management

MON, MARCH 18, 2013, 09:48 AM EST

During an evaluation of BLM’s geothermal energy program, OIG found opportunities to improve BLM's use of Geothermal Resources Operational Orders and to standardize its Inspections and Enforcement program. Read More >


Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of the Interior

THU, MARCH 14, 2013, 01:04 PM EST

Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall testified to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Oversight, regarding the major management and performance challenges facing the Department of the Interior. Read More >


Drake's Bay Oyster Company Environmental Impact Statement

THU, FEBRUARY 7, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

OIG investigated allegations that NPS or its contractor who prepared a draft environmental impact statement to issue a special use permit to Drakes Bay Oyster Company distorted critical soundscape data. We found no evidence to support the allegations. Read More >


Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Safety of Dams: Emergency Preparedness

THU, DECEMBER 27, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

This report details the results of our evaluation of the Bureau of Land Management's, National Park Service's, and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's emergency preparedness at their high hazard dams. Read More >


Guam Public Safety

TUE, NOVEMBER 20, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

This evaluation reviews Guam's Police Department, Fire Department, and Homeland Security to determine their ability to meet the current public safety needs of Guam's citizens and prepare for the increase in population resulting from the military buildup. Read More >


Independent Auditor's Report on the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians Tribal and Other Trust Funds and Individual Indian Monies Trust Funds Financial Statements for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2011

FRI, NOVEMBER 9, 2012, 01:01 PM EST

KPMG LLP's auditors' reports of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians financial statements for FYs 2011 and 2012. Read More >


Bureau of Land Management's Helium Program

FRI, NOVEMBER 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

Without changes to BLM's current helium program, there is no assurance that BLM's nongovernmental helium sales occurring over the next 5 to 7 years will be made at market value. Read More >


Controls Over Check Writing

WED, OCTOBER 31, 2012, 12:09 PM EST

The objective of our review was to evaluate the internal controls related to third-party drafts and convenience checks. We evaluated these programs because of allegations of theft in the program at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Read More >


Issues with Bureau of Indian Affairs Recovery Act Construction Projects

MON, AUGUST 20, 2012, 05:11 PM EST

This advisory regarding construction projects managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Facilities Management and Construction is part of our ongoing effort to oversee and ensure the Accountability of funding appropriated to DOI under ARRA. Read More >



Last Updated: 12/07/2013