Watchdogs

The federal government contains lots of watchdogs whose job is to keep an eye on agencies, as well as investigating entities that try to take advantage of the agencies. But, as the saying goes, who’s watching the watchers? That’s what this page is about. We need to know 1) what the watchdogs are uncovering and 2) how well they’re performing their duties.

To that end, I’ve been filing FOIA requests to gets lists of investigations they’ve completed, closing documents for selected investigations, manuals they use, and more. I’m starting with the inspectors general (all Cabinet departments and most independent agencies have an inspector general (IG), and the military has an almost uncountable number). Lots of material from 2017 has arrived, and I’m about to start requesting 2018 material. I’ll soon be adding internal watchdogs of other types, such as offices of professional responsibility, civil rights/liberties offices, inspection divisions, etc. This page will grow quickly. 

Note: Almost all inspectors general post reports of their audits and inspections, but only a few post final reports (often memos) of their investigations, and even then it’s usually for a very small number of the investigations they undertake. Complete lists of investigations are almost never made available. (The website Oversight.gov — despite its slogan of “All Inspector General Reports in One Place” — contains only the barest fraction of investigative reports from inspectors general.)

Also: If you’re interested in any investigations on these lists, you can request the closing memo/report through FOIA.

Finally: Government Attic has lists of closed IG investigations, plus selected closing memos, for years prior to 2017. 

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Department of Defense
Office of Inspector General [DODIG]


List of investigations closed in 2017
[PDF]


Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction [SIGAR]


List of investigations closed in 2017
[PDF]

Closing memos for 10 investigations closed in 2017 [PDF]

Procurement Fraud at U.S. Embassy Kabul /// an alleged scheme of kickbacks and embezzlement /// Task Force 2010 Kabul Intelligence File /// KAF Criminal Intelligence /// Afghan National Police (ANP) Payments /// PROJECT: U.S. Special Operations Command /// [Redacted] SMUGGLES $30,000 EVERY TWO WEEKS TO DUBAI /// Afghan Special Mission Wing /// Fraud and Corruption in the Afghan Mining Industry /// Human Trafficking Issues at Kandahar Airfield


 

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