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Inspector General

DOO 10-13: INSPECTOR GENERAL
Number: DOO 10-13
Effective Date: 2013-04-26

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

.01 This Order prescribes the scope of authority and functions of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce. The organization of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is set forth in Department Organization Order 23-1.

.02 This revision updates the Order to incorporate the statutory changes brought about by the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008; reflect the recent reorganizations approved by Congress in May 2008 and September 2011, to reflect the current organization of the OIG and to incorporate title changes of certain subordinate officials who assist the Inspector General. Specifically, this Order eliminates the positions of Assistant Inspector General for Inspections and Program Evaluations and Assistant Inspector General for Systems Evaluation. This revision establishes the positions of Associate Deputy Inspector General, Principal Assistant Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation, and Principal Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.

SECTION 2. STATUS AND LINE OF AUTHORITY.

.01 The Inspector General Act of 1978 (the Act), 5 U.S.C.A., Appendix 3, as amended, established in the Department of Commerce (the Department) an Office of Inspector General headed by an Inspector General appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Act provides that the OIG is to be an independent and objective unit, that OIG shall be considered a separate agency for certain purposes, that the Inspector General has the functions, powers, and duties of an agency head or appointing authority for certain purposes, that the Inspector General is to report to Congress and report violations of Federal criminal law to the Attorney General, that the Inspector General is to report to and be under the general supervision only of the Secretary or, to the extent such authority is delegated, the Deputy Secretary, and that the Inspector General may be removed from office only by the President, after notice to the Congress.

.02 The Act further provides that neither the Secretary nor the Deputy Secretary shall prevent or prohibit the Inspector General from initiating, carrying out, or completing any audit or investigation or from issuing any subpoena during the course of any audit or investigation. This proscription shall apply to all officers and employees of the Department.

.03 The Inspector General will have a Deputy Inspector General, who will perform such functions as the Inspector General shall assign or delegate; and shall serve as the Inspector General’s principal deputy and perform the functions and duties of the Inspector General in the latter’s absence or disability or in the event of a vacancy in that office.

.04 In addition to the Deputy Inspector General, the Inspector General will be assisted in carrying out his or her responsibilities by:

a. The Counsel to the Inspector General;

b. The Principal Assistant Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation;

c. The Principal Assistant Inspector General for Investigations;

.05 The Inspector General may also be assisted in carrying out his or her responsibilities by:

a. The Associate Deputy Inspector General;

b. The Assistant Inspector General for Administration; and

c. Such other subordinate officials and employees as the Inspector General may appoint for the purpose of carrying out assigned authorities and functions.

SECTION 3. AUTHORITIES AND FUNCTIONS.

.01 The Inspector General has the authorities, duties, responsibilities, and functions established by the Act, as amended.

.02 The Inspector General shall have for the OIG the same administrative authorities, apart from those established by the Act, as are delegated to Secretarial Officers and heads of operating units in Department Administrative Orders and other Departmental rules.

.03 In response to requests from the Inspector General, the Secretary may from time to time transfer to the Inspector General such further functions, powers, or duties as the Secretary may determine are appropriate to the functions of the OIG and consistent with the purposes of the Act, provided that such functions, powers or duties do not constitute program operating responsibilities.

.04 The Inspector General may delegate his or her authority to any official or employee of the OIG, and may authorize redelegation by any such official or employee, subject to such conditions as the Inspector General may prescribe.

SECTION 4. DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES.

.01 The officers and employees of the Department shall cooperate fully with the officials and employees of the OIG and shall provide such information, assistance, and support without delay as is needed for the OIG to properly carry out the provisions of the Act.

.02 The Inspector General will comply with the substantive and procedural rules that are applicable to Departmental organizations and personnel, unless compliance with any particular rule or requirement would prevent or prohibit the Inspector General from initiating, carrying out, or completing any audit, investigation, program evaluation or inspection or issuing any subpoena during the course of any such work, or would otherwise impair or interfere with the Inspector General's ability to fulfill his or her responsibilities under the Act. In the event of any serious conflict or dispute, the matter may be taken to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary.

SECTION 5. EFFECT ON OTHER ORDERS.

This Order supersedes Department Organization Order 10-13, dated August 31, 2006.

Signed by: Deputy Secretary of Commerce

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