OIG Investigations

What We Investigate

The OIG investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and/or misconduct involving FTC employees, contractors or entities conducting business with the FTC. OIG investigations address administrative, civil and criminal violations of laws and regulations.

An employee who is the subject of an OIG investigation is afforded his or her rights regarding representation and self incrimination. In addition, all OIG investigations are conducted in accordance with “Quality Standards for Investigations,” published by the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency.

The subject of an OIG investigation can be any agency employee, an FTC contractor, consultant or a person or entity involved in alleged wrongdoing affecting FTC programs and operations.

FTC employees have a duty to cooperate with the OIG and must respond to questions posed by an OIG investigator unless they have been advised that they are the subject of a criminal investigation. Intentional falsification or concealment of a material fact in connection with an OIG investigation could constitute a violation of law and result in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution.

At the conclusion of an OIG investigation, the OIG investigator prepares a report that sets forth the allegations and an objective description of the facts developed during the investigation. The investigative report does not include recommendations. The OIG refers investigative reports that identify criminal activity or fraud to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution or recovery of monetary damages and penalties. If administrative misconduct is found, the OIG forwards the report to the appropriate management official for consideration of disciplinary action. OIG investigative reports are not public documents and are not available on the OIG website.