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Office of Inspector General

2015 OIG Reports

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Following is a chronological listing of all reports issued by the Office of Inspector General in 2015. Back to the OIG Reports page.

Date Title Publication Number Environmental Goal Report Teams
Dec 17, 2015 EPA Can Strengthen Its Reviews of Small Particle Monitoring in Region 6 to Better Ensure Effectiveness of Air Monitoring Network 16-P-0079 Air Quality A
Dec 14, 2015 EPA’s Background Investigation Support Contracts and OPM Billings Need Better Oversight and Internal Controls 16-P-0078 Spending Taxpayer Dollars C, IRM
Dec 9, 2015 EPA Is Documenting How It Addresses Time-Critical Public Health Risks Under Its Superfund Authority 16-P-0059 Cleaning Up Communities L
Nov 30, 2015

Awards Made by EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer Raise Questions

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16-P-0048 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Nov 25, 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress: Apr 1, 2015 - Sept 30, 2015 EPA-350-R-15-002    
Nov 16, 2015 Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements 16-F-0041 U.S. Chemical Safety Board FA
Nov 16, 2015

Audit of EPA’s Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Consolidated Financial Statements

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16-F-0040 Financial Management FA
Nov 16, 2015 FY 2015 FISMA Report - Status of EPA’s Information Security Program 16-P-0039 Information Technology IRM, ERP
Nov 9, 2015 Administrative Leave Decisions for EPA Employee Disciplinary Actions Should Be Better Documented, and Parameters on Use of Such Leave Should Be Established 16-P-0036 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Nov 5, 2015 CSB Needs Better Security Controls to Protect Critical Data Stored on Its Regional Servers 16-P-0035 U.S. Chemical Safety Board IRM
Nov 4, 2015 Quality Control Review of EPA OIG Reports Issued in Fiscal Year 2014 16-N-0029 Spending Taxpayers Dollars C
Oct 27, 2015 EPA Needs Policies and Procedures to Manage Public Pesticide Petitions in a Transparent and Efficient Manner 16-P-0019 Chemical Safety L, T
Oct 22, 2015 FY 2015 U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Management Challenges 16-N-0018 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF
Oct 14, 2015 EPA Needs to Improve Security Planning and Remediation of Identified Weaknesses in Systems Used to Protect Human Health and the Environment 16-P-0006 Information Technology IRM
Sept 30, 2015 CSB’s Public Meeting Announcement Violated The Government in the Sunshine Act 15-P-0304 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF
Sept 30, 2015 EPA Should Collect Full Costs for Its Interagency Agreements and Report Full Costs for Great Lakes Legacy Act Project Agreements 15-P-0300 Financial Management EF, FA
Sept 30, 2015

Unused Earmark Funds for Water Projects Totaling $6.2 Million Could Be Put to Better Use

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15-P-0299 Spending Taxpayer Dollars C
Sept 28, 2015

Early Warning Report: EPA Region 9 Should Withhold Award of the Fiscal Year 2015 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Grant to the Hawaii Department of Health

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15-P-0298 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Sept 24, 2015

EPA Needs to Improve the Recognition and Administration of Cloud Services for the Office of Water’s Permit Management Oversight System

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15-P-0295 Information Technology IRM
Sept 22, 2015 EPA Needs Better Management Controls for Approval of Employee Travel 15-P-0294 Spending Taxpayer Dollars EF
Sept 22, 2015 EPA Not Fully Compliant With Overtime Policies 15-P-0293 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Sept 22, 2015

EPA Needs to Improve Recording Information Technology Investments and Issue a Policy Covering All Investments

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15-P-0292 Spending Taxpayer Dollars EF
Sept 21, 2015

Incomplete Contractor Systems Inventory and a Lack of Oversight Limit EPA's Ability to Facilitate IT Governance

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15-P-0290 Information Technology IRM
Sept 16, 2015 EPA Needs to Track Whether Its Major Municipal Settlements for Combined Sewer Overflows Benefit Water Quality 15-P-0280 Protecting America’s Waters W
Sept 15, 2015

EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program Lacks Adequate Support and Transparency and Should Be Assessed for Continuation

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15-P-0279 Pollution Prevention T
Sept 10, 2015

EPA Can Reduce Risk of Undetected Clean Air Act Violations Through Better Monitoring of Settlement Agreements

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15-P-0277 Enforcement and Compliance A
Sept 4, 2015 EPA Needs Accurate Data on Results of Pollution Prevention Grants to Maintain Program Integrity and Measure Effectiveness of Grants 15-P-0276 Pollution Prevention T
Sept 3, 2015 EPA Can Increase Impact of Environmental Justice on Agency Rulemaking by Meeting Commitments and Measuring Adherence to Guidance 15-P-0274 Cleaning Up Communities SPR
Aug 20, 2015 Response to Congressional Request Concerning Political Interference in Release of Documents Under the Freedom of Information Act 15-N-0261 Transparency in Government Information ERP
Aug 19, 2015 Follow-Up Report: EPA Proposes to Streamline the Review, Management and Disposal of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals 15-P-0260 Pollution Prevention SPR
Aug 3, 2015 Improvements Needed by EPA to Reduce Risk in Employee Hiring Process 15-P-0253 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
July 31, 2015

CSB Needs to Improve Its Acquisition Approvals and Other Processes to Ensure Best Value for Taxpayers

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15-P-0245 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF, FO
July 21, 2015 Independent Environmental Sampling Shows Some Properties Designated by EPA as Available for Use Had Some Contamination 15-P-0221 Cleaning Up Communities L
July 20, 2015 Internal Controls Needed to Control Costs of Superfund Technical Assessment & Response Team Contracts, as Exemplified in Region 7 15-P-0215 Spending Taxpayer Dollars C
July 16, 2015

Enhanced EPA Oversight and Action Can Further Protect Water Resources From the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

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15-P-0204 Protecting America's Waters W
July 16, 2015

Benefits of EPA Initiative to Promote Renewable Energy on Contaminated Lands Have Not Been Established

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15-P-0198 Sustainable Development L
July 14, 2015 Quick Reaction Report: EPA Should Ensure Positions Vacated Under Buyouts Are Eliminated or Properly Filled 15-P-0184 Spending Taxpayer Dollars C, SPR
July 10, 2015 Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements for the Pesticide Registration Fund 15-1-0181 Financial Management FA
July 10, 2015 Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements for the Pesticides Reregistration and Expedited Processing Fund 15-1-0180 Financial Management FA
July 6, 2015

EPA Does Not Effectively Control or Monitor Imports of Hazardous Waste

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15-P-0172 Enforcement and Compliance L
June 29, 2015 CSB's Fiscal Year 2014 Purchase Card Program Assessed as High Risk 15-N-0171 U.S. Chemical Safety Board C, EF
June 19, 2015 Improvements Needed to Ensure EPA Terminates Exceptions to Biweekly Pay Limits at Completion of Emergency Response Work 15-P-0170 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
June 17, 2015 Some Safeguards in Place for Long-Term Care of Disposed Hazardous Waste, But Challenges Remain 15-P-0169 Cleaning Up Communities L
June 16, 2015

EPA Should Update Guidance to Address the Release of Potentially Harmful Quantities of Asbestos That Can Occur Under EPA's Asbestos Demolition Standard

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15-P-0168 Pollution Prevention SPR
June 15, 2015 Time and Attendance Fraud Not Identified for Employees on Extended Absence, But Matters of Concern Brought to EPA's Attention 15-P-0167  Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
June 11, 2015 Improved Oversight of EPA's Grant Monitoring Program Will Decrease the Risk of Improper Payments 15-P-0166 Spending Taxpayer Dollars C
June 11, 2015

Walker River Paiute Tribe Needs to Improve Its Internal Controls to Comply With Federal Regulations

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15-2-0165 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
May 28, 2015

EPA's Key Management Challenges 2015

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15-N-0164   ERP
May 27, 2015 Semiannual Report to Congress / October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 EPA-350-R-15-001    
May 15, 2015 EPA's Oversight of State Pesticide Inspections Needs Improvement to Better Ensure Safeguards for Workers, Public and Environment Are Enforced 15-P-0156 Chemical Safety T
May 1, 2015 CSB Complied With Reporting Requirements of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act for Fiscal Year 2014  15-P-0153

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May 1, 2015 EPA Complied With Improper Payment Legislation, But Opportunities for Improvement Exist 15-P-0152 Financial Management C
Apr 17, 2015

Conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands Warrant EPA Withdrawing Approval and Taking Over Management of Some Environmental Programs and Improving Oversight of Others

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Implementing Environmental Programs

A, FO, L, W
Apr 9, 2015 EPA Can Better Assure Continued Operations at National Computer Center Through Complete and Up-to-Date Documentation for Contingency Planning 15-P-0136 Information Technology IRM
Mar 16, 2015 To Ensure Greater Use of Scientific Equipment, the Office of Research and Development Should Use an Enterprise Approach to Property Management 15-P-0115 Information Technology ERP
Mar 5, 2015

EPA Needs to Justify How It Is Using Title 42 Hiring Authority

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15-P-0109 Science and Research C
Feb 26, 2015

EPA Regions Have Considered Environmental Justice When Targeting Facilities for Air Toxics Inspections 

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15-P-0101 Air Quality A
Feb 23, 2015

Quick Reaction Report: EPA Pesticide Inspections Must Resume in North Dakota to Determine Compliance and Protect Human Health and the Environment

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15-P-0099 Enforcement and Compliance T
Feb 5, 2015 Improvements Needed by EPA OIG to Reduce Risk in Employee Hiring Process 15-B-0076 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Feb 4, 2015 EPA OIG Not Fully Compliant With Overtime Policies 15-B-0075 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Feb 4, 2015 EPA OIG Not Fully Compliant With OIG Policy on Time and Attendance Reporting 15-B-0074 Spending Taxpayer Dollars FO
Feb 3, 2015 Key Aspects of CSB Information Security Program Need Improvement 15-P-0073 U.S. Chemical Safety Board IRM
Feb 2, 2015 Costs of $1.2 Million for Brownfields Cooperative Agreement to Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Massachusetts Questioned  15-4-0072 Financial Management C
Jan 21, 2015 Quick Reaction Report: Complete and Clear Information on the Effectiveness of Ebola Disinfectants Will Better Inform the Public 15-P-0064 Chemical Safety T
Jan 7, 2015 EPA Needs to Improve Outreach and Communication About the National Pesticide Information Center's Role and Services  15-P-0046 Chemical Safety T

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Report Teams

  • A - Air 
  • CSB - US Chemical Safety Board 
  • C - Contracts and Assistance Agreement
  • EF - Efficiency
  • FA - Financial
  • FO - Forensic
  • IRM - Information Resources Management
  • L - Land Cleanup and Waste Management
  • OM - Office of Management
  • SP - Special Programs (prev SPR)
  • ER - Environmental Research (prev ERP)
  • T - Toxics, Chemical Management and Pollution Prevention 
  • W - Water

OIG Independence of EPA

The EPA's Office of Inspector General is a part of the EPA, although Congress provides our funding separate from the agency, to ensure our independence. We were created pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended Exit.

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