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Office of Inspector General

2017 OIG Reports

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Following is a chronological listing of all reports issued by the Office of Inspector General in 2017. Back to the OIG Reports page.

2017 OIG Reports

Date Title Publication Number Environmental Goal(s) Report Teams
Dec 22, 2017

Self-Insurance for Companies With Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and Environmental Risks for EPA and the Public

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18-P-0059 Cleaning up and revitalizing land, Operating efficiently and effectively L
Nov 17, 2017 Semiannual Report: April 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017 EPA-350-R-17-002    
Nov 15, 2017 Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 Financial Statements 18-F-0040 U.S. Chemical Safety Board FA
Nov 15, 2017 EPA's Fiscal Years 2017 and 2016 Consolidated Financial Statements 18-F-0039 Operating efficiently and effectively FA
Nov 15, 2017 Improved Acquisition Planning Will Help EPA Reduce Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in High-Risk Contracts 18-P-0038 Operating efficiently and effectively C
Nov 9, 2017 EPA Reported Its Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter Financial and Award Data in Accordance With the DATA Act 18-P-0037 Operating efficiently and effectively FA
Nov 9, 2017 Annual Plan for the EPA and CSB - FY 2018      OM
Nov 8, 2017 

EPA Paid $1.5 Million for Subsidized and Unoccupied Parking Spaces Over a 2-Year Period 

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18-P-0036 Operating efficiently and effectively  EF
Oct 30, 2017  EPA’s Information Security Program Is Established, but Improvements Are Needed to Strengthen Its Processes 18-P-0031 Compliance with the law, Operating efficiently and effectively  IRM
Oct 30, 2017 Improvements Needed in CSB’s Identity and Access Management and Incident Response Security Functions  18-P-0030 U.S. Chemical Safety Board  IRM
Oct 16, 2017

EPA Telework Program Is Consistent With U.S. Office of Personnel Management Guidance 

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18-P-0024 Operating efficiently and effectively SPR
Oct 5, 2017 Analysis of Toxics Release Inventory Data Identifies Few Noncompliant Facilities   18-P-0001 Ensuring the safety of chemicals,Compliance with the law  L
Sept 28, 2017

EPA Can Better Reduce Risks From Illegal Pesticides by Effectively Identifying Imports for Inspection and Sampling 

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17-P-0412 Ensuring the safety of chemicals, Compliance with the law  T
Sept 27, 2017

Management Alert - Controls Failed to Prevent Employee From Receiving Payment in Excess of Statutory Limit 

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17-P-0410 Compliance with the law  FO
Sept 27, 2017 

Management Alert - EPA Has Not Initiated Required Background Investigations for Information Systems Contractor Personnel 

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17-P-0409 Operating efficiently and effectively  IRM
Sept 26, 2017

EPA Needs to Improve Oversight of Its Audio Conference Services 

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17-P-0408 Operating efficiently and effectively  EF
Sept 26, 2017 Follow-Up Audit - EPA Needs to Strengthen Internal Controls Over Retention Incentives 17-P-0407 Operating efficiently and effectively  FO
Sept 25, 2017

Region 2 Needs to Improve Its Internal Processes Over Puerto Rico’s Assistance Agreements 

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17-P-0402 Operating efficiently and effectively  EF
Sept 19, 2017  EPA’s Distribution of Superfund Human Resources Does Not Support Current Regional Workload  17-P-0397  Cleaning up and revitalizing land, Operating efficiently and effectively  L
Sept 19, 2017 

Eleven Years After Agreement, EPA Has Not Developed Reliable Emission Estimation Methods to Determine Whether Animal Feeding Operations Comply With Clean Air Act and Other Statutes 

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17-P-0396 Improving air quality  A
Sept 18, 2017

EPA Needs to Manage Pesticide Funds More Efficiently 

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17-P-0395 Operating efficiently and effectively  FA
Sept 12, 2017 EPA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Public Involvement Contract Needs Better Management  17-P-0380  Operating efficiently and effectively  C
Sept 7, 2017 

Management Alert - EPA Should Promptly Reassess Community Risk Screening Tool  

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17-P-0378  Improving EPA research programs,Operating efficiently and effectively  ERP
Sept 6, 2017 EPA’s Travel Card Program at Low Risk for Unauthorized Purchases  17-P-0377  Compliance with the law C
Aug 28, 2017 EPA Needs to Increase Oversight of Leave Bank Program to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Risk of Misuse  17-P-0374  Operating efficiently and effectively EF
Aug 23, 2017

Improved Management of the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program Is Required to Maximize Cleanups 

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17-P-0368 Cleaning up and revitalizing land,
Operating effectively and efficiently
Aug 14, 2017  Fiscal Years 2016 and 2015 Financial Statements for the Pesticide Registration Fund 17-F-0365 Financial Management  FA
Aug 14, 2017  Fiscal Years 2016 and 2015 Financial Statements for the Pesticides Reregistration and Expedited Processing Fund 17-F-0364  Financial Management FA
Aug 14, 2017  EPA’s Fiscal Years 2016 and 2015 Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Fund Financial Statements 17-F-0363 Financial Management  FA
Aug 14, 2017  Early-Outs and Buyouts Aided OIG Workforce Reduction, but Weak Management Controls Led to Misused Authority  17-P-0362  Spending Taxpayer Dollars  SPR
Aug 9, 2017  Management Alert: Concerns Over Compliance, Accountability and Consistency Identified With EPA’s Biweekly Pay Cap Waiver Process 17-P-0355 Spending Taxpayer Dollars  FO
Aug 1, 2017 

EPA’s Voluntary WaterSense Program Demonstrated Success

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17-P-0352 Protecting America's Waters W
Aug 1, 2017 

EPA Implemented Prior OIG Recommendations, but Additional Guidance Could Strengthen the Human Subjects Research Program 

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17-P-0350 Science and Research W
July 31, 2017 EPA Needs to Institutionalize Its “Lean” Program to Reap Cost and Time Benefits  17-P-0346  Spending Taxpayer Dollars  EF
July 31, 2017  EPA Lacks Processes to Validate Whether Contractors Receive Specialized Role-Based Training for Network and Data Protection 17-P-0344  Information Technology  IRM
July 31, 2017 EPA Region 5 Has Adequate Policies and Procedures for Addressing Sexual Harassment Allegations  17-P-0343 Spending Taxpayer Dollars  FO
July 27, 2017  FY 2017 U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Management Challenge   17-N-0342 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF
July 18, 2017 EPA Is Taking Steps to Improve State Drinking Water Program Reviews and Public Water Systems Compliance Data  17-P-0326 Protecting Americas Waters  W
July 10, 2017 Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements for the Pesticide Registration Fund 17-F-0315  Financial Management  FM
July 10, 2017 Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements for the Pesticides Reregistration and Expedited Processing Fund 17-F-0314 Financial Management  FA
July 5, 2017  CSB Purchase Card Program at Low Risk for Unauthorized Purchases 17-P-0303 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF
June 28, 2017 Quality Control Review of EPA OIG Reports Issued in Fiscal Year 2016 17-N-0295 EPA as a High-Performing Organization OM
June 23, 2017  EPA Should Assess Needs and Implement Management Controls to Ensure Effective Incorporation of Chemical Safety Research Products  17-P-0294 
Chemical Safety  T
June 21, 2017 EPA Can Strengthen Its Oversight of Herbicide Resistance With Better Management Controls  17-P-0278 Chemical Safety T
June 12, 2017 

Gold King Mine Release: Inspector General Response to Congressional Requests

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17-P-0250  Cleaning Up Communities  L
June 8, 2017 

Improved Data and EPA Oversight Are Needed to Assure Compliance With the Standards for Benzene Content in Gasoline 

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17-P-0249 Air Quality A
May 30, 2017 EPA's Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Fund Financial Statements  17-F-0228 Financial Management FA
May 18, 2017 Semiannual Report to Congress: Oct 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 EPA-350-R-17-001    
May 18, 2017 EPA's Fiscal Year 2017 Management Challenges 17-N-0219   SPR
May 10, 2017 EPA Complied With Improper Payment Legislation, but Testing Can Be Improved 17-P-0212 Financial Management C
May 8, 2017 Controls Needed to Track Changes to EPA’s Compass Financials Data 17-P-0205 Information Technology IRM
May 3, 2017

Downriver Community Conference Achieved Results and Expended Funds Under Brownfields Agreement, but Unallowable Costs Were Claimed

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17-P-0204 Cleaning Up Communities FO
Apr 26, 2017

Over $774 Million of Puerto Rico State Revolving Funds at Risk

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17-P-0186 Financial Management FO
Apr 24, 2017

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Complied With Most Federal Requirements but Claimed Some Unallowable Costs

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17-P-0184 Spending Taxpayers Dollars FO
Apr 24, 2017 EPA-Funded What’s Upstream? Advocacy Campaign Did Not Violate Lobbying Prohibitions 17-P-0183 Spending Taxpayers Dollars FO
Apr 12, 2017 EPA Needs to Provide Leadership and Better Guidance to Improve Fish Advisory Risk Communications 17-P-0174 Protecting America's Waters W
Mar 23, 2017 EPA’s 2014 Early-Out and Buyout Activities Aided Workforce Restructuring Goals, and Continued Monitoring of Progress Can Show Value of Restructuring 17-P-0140 Spending Taxpayers Dollars SPR
Mar 13, 2017 EPA Has Adequate Controls to Manage Advice From Science and Research Federal Advisory Committees, but Transparency Could Be Improved 17-P-0124 Science and Research ERP
Mar 9, 2017 CSB Complied With Improper Payment Legislation Requirements for Fiscal Year 2016 17-P-0123 U.S. Chemical Safety Board EF
Mar 6, 2017

Fraud Controls for EPA’s Contract Laboratory Program Are Adequate, but Can Be Strengthened With Formal Risk Assessment and Investigative Information Sharing

17-P-0119 Science and Research ERP
Mar 6, 2017 Backlog of Leaking Underground Storage Tank Cleanups in Indian Country Has Been Reduced, but EPA Needs to Demonstrate Compliance With Requirements 17-P-0118 Cleaning Up Communities L
Feb 14, 2017 Risk for EPA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Purchase Card and Convenience Check Program Warrants an Audit 17-P-0113 Financial Management C
Feb 6, 2017 Management Alert: Certain State, Local and Tribal Data Processing Practices Could Impact Suitability of Data for 8-Hour Ozone Air Quality Determinations 17-P-0106 Air Quality A

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GAGAS and Non-GAGAS Reports

Reports from October 2016 and later marked with a P, F or A in their report number follow GAGAS, Exitofficial examination standards established by the federal government. This sign of quality ensures the integrity, objectivity and independence of our work. 

Reports marked with an N, E, B or S signify the limited “non-GAGAS” work that reflects back on our recent recommendations to highlight the impact of our oversight mission.

Report Type Middle Character (i.e., 20-X-001)
GAGAS-compliant performance audit P
GAGAS-compliant financial statement audit F
GAGAS-compliant attestation audit A
Non-GAGAS or Non-QSIE-compliant report N
QSIE -compliant evaluation E
Internal report B
Single audit report S

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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