Finding of Whistleblower Retaliation Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

MON, JANUARY 12, 2015, 12:47 PM EST

Based on an OIG investigation DOI determined that the Chippewa Cree Tribe "engaged in prohibited retaliation against" a non-Federal employee for his cooperation with a Federal investigation into mismanagement of nearly $20 million in Federal subsidies. Read More >

Operations of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation

WED, DECEMBER 17, 2014, 08:48 AM EST

At the request of a congressional subcommittee, we evaluated the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation operations to determine (1) the status of efforts to relocate Navajo and Hopi Indians, and (2) how the office is using its appropriated funds. Read More >

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority

WED, DECEMBER 10, 2014, 10:28 AM EST

OIG evaluated the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority’s ability to provide medical care to the people of Guam and found that the hospital’s cash flow is insufficient and that its reimbursement rates and fee schedules are out of date. Read More >

Office of Inspector General's Organizational Assessment 2014

THU, DECEMBER 4, 2014, 11:25 AM EST

This report summarizes the most significant achievements of FY 2014 and identifies emerging issues for FY 2015. The summary encompasses our core mission work and highlights progress toward meeting strategic and operational goals. Read More >

Investigative Report of Brian Drapeaux

TUE, DECEMBER 2, 2014, 03:52 PM EST

A complaint of alleged contractual improprieties led to our investigation of BIE procurement processes and identification of a conflict of interest at the highest BIE level regarding contracts for an organizational assessment. Read More >

October 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress

TUE, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, 04:23 PM EST

The October 2014 Semiannual Report to Congress highlights the audit and investigative activities that our office completed between April 1, 2014, and September 30, 2014, and focuses on high-priority programs within the Department. Read More >

National Park Service Lockup Facility Management

TUE, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, 11:09 AM EST

OIG found lockup facilities at Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks to be noncompliant with departmental and National Park Service policies pertaining to the operation of lockup facilities. We made seven recommendations to improve operations. Read More >

Energy Related Management Advisories

TUE, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

BLM and ONRR have implemented or are implementing recommendations from nine energy-related management advisories. Read More >

Investigative Report of Steve Black

FRI, NOVEMBER 7, 2014, 12:51 PM EST

We investigated whether Steve Black, former senior counselor to then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, may have improperly influenced decisions involving a renewable energy company based on his relationships with the company’s employees. Read More >

Information Sharing Between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

THU, OCTOBER 30, 2014, 11:09 AM EST

OIG finds that USGS’s Energy Resources Program can get data concerning oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf from BOEM. Read More >

State Representative Indicted on Bribery Charges

THU, OCTOBER 23, 2014, 12:42 PM EST

A Federal Grand Jury in London, KY, has indicted state representative and Pikeville coal operator, Wendell Keith Hall, and a former State mine reclamation inspector, Kelly Shortridge, on bribery charges. Read More >

Investigative Report of the U.S. Park Police’s Response During a Missing-Person Investigation

THU, OCTOBER 23, 2014, 12:31 PM EST

At the request of NPS officials, we investigated USPP’s assistance to the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police in a search for a woman who went missing from Reagan National Airport on May 3, 2013, and was found dead 3 days later. Read More >

BIA Needs Sweeping Changes to Manage the Osage Nation's Energy Resources

THU, OCTOBER 23, 2014, 12:03 PM EST

BIA poorly manages the Osage Nation’s oil and gas resources resulting in lower royalties to headright holders and environmental degradation. Read More >

Management of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program in the State of Louisiana

MON, OCTOBER 6, 2014, 01:07 PM EST

Our audit of DOI’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants to Louisiana found deficiencies in management that led us to question over $14 million in expended funds. We made 30 recommendations to help FWS improve its oversight of the program. Read More >

U.S. Park Police Law Enforcement Services for the Presidio Trust

THU, OCTOBER 2, 2014, 06:25 PM EST

We reviewed agreements for funding the U.S. Park Police’s services to the Presidio of San Francisco. We found the arrangement violated appropriations law and used billing practices that hinder the collection of reimbursement for these services. Read More >

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

WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 03:49 PM EST

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) came into existence in 2011 after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. BSEE inherited OIG recommendations after the disaster. Our report looks at what BSEE has done and still needs to do. Read More >

Bureau of Reclamation's Sustainable Water Management Programs and Activities

WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 03:04 PM EST

We reviewed three financial assistance programs under the WaterSMART Program to evaluate USBR’s management of sustainable water programs and activities. We found that USBR manages the program well, but we identified several areas for improvement. Read More >

Bureau of Land Management’s Wildland Fire Program

WED, OCTOBER 1, 2014, 08:39 AM EST

The Bureau of Land Management administers more public land than any other Federal agency, making it a leader in wildland fire management. Our review found that inadequate internal controls made its fire program vulnerable to misuse of funds. Read More >

Guam's Business Privilege Tax

MON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 07:30 PM EST

We evaluated the Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation’s process for collecting the Business Privilege Tax from Federal contractors doing business with the U.S. Government for projects on Guam and found its process to be incomplete. Read More >

Guam's Business Privilege Tax, Government of Guam

MON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 06:55 PM EST

Delivered to the Governor of Guam, this report presents results of an evaluation of the Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation’s process for collecting the Business Privilege Tax from Federal contractors. OIG found Guam’s process to be incomplete. Read More >

BLM Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Trespass and Drilling Without Approval

MON, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 06:25 PM EST

OIG recently completed an inspection of the Bureau of Land Management’s onshore oil and gas management program regarding trespass and drilling without approval. We found cases of oil and gas trespass and drilling without approval on Federal lands. Read More >

DOl Conference Planning, Tracking, and Spending

THU, AUGUST 28, 2014, 02:46 PM EST

Events during the 2010 GSA conference fueled congressional scrutiny of all Federal conferences. Our inspection found that DOI does not collect actual conference expenses or post them on its website as required by recent OMB directives. Read More >

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 >