[Excerpt] This Semiannual Report, covering the period April 1 - September 30, 1992, marks the close of a very productive fiscal year for the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
During Fiscal Year 1992, the OIG issued 500 audits of departmental programs, reporting questioned costs of $86.3 million. An additional $42.2 million was recommended by the OIG to be put to better use. During this period some $70.2 million of costs were disallowed by the Department as a result of OIG audit recommendations. Comparable achievements were attained through the OIG's criminal investigations. Law enforcement activities produced 290 successful criminal prosecutions and 333 indictments; and generated almost $58 million in fines, penalties, restitutions, settlements, forfeitures, and cost efficiencies.
Among the OIG's many noteworthy accomplishments in the past fiscal year is the major role the OIG played in support of the enactment of the Job Training Partnership Act amendments. The passage of these amendments demonstrates the positive results that can be achieved through the input and analysis provided by the OIG to the Congress. This new law, complemented with a comprehensive regulatory program, is designed to address many of the systemic weaknesses documented by OIG audits and investigations over the past several years. The significant accomplishments achieved by the OIG in identifying and combating fraudulent, employer-sponsored health insurance plan schemes are also worthy of special note.
During this reporting period, I continued to appear before congressional committees to provide testimony on matters related to Departmental programs and operations. These committees have always been receptive to my remarks and recommendations. Their interest in OIG activities is greatly appreciated.
I remain greatly concerned that the Department has not selected a Chief Financial Officer despite the critical need to fill this position, as demonstrated by the findings of the OIG's numerous financial management audits.
In addition to my responsibilities as Inspector General, I am honored to have been recently appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE). The PCIE was established by the President to coordinate and enhance efforts to promote integrity and efficiency throughout Government. I have been especially granfied to have the opportunity to work closely with Frank Hodsoll, Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, and my fellow Inspectors General in this important activity.