The OIG is an executive branch agency of the District of Columbia government that conducts audits, inspections, and investigations of government programs and operations. The OIG's mission is to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and to detect and deter fraud, waste and mismanagement throughout the government. In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the OIG refers all evidence of criminal violations that it uncovers to the US Department of Justice.
To ensure the OIG's independence, statutory requirements mandate that the Inspector General be appointed for a six year term, without regard to party affiliation, solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial management analysis, public administration, or investigations. The statute provides that the Inspector General can be removed from office only for cause. Also, in keeping with Congressional intent that the OIG operate independently, the OIG submits its budget for Congressional approval with the statutory provision that the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia can make recommendations on the budget, but neither can reduce it. Once approved, the budget is appropriated solely for the operation of the Office and is paid directly to the OIG.
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