Look Out For OIG Inquiries Without Subpoena Warning Shot

Law360, New York (October 25, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT) -- The Inspector General Act of 1978 aimed to “consolidate existing auditing and investigative resources to more effectively combat fraud, abuse, waste and mismanagement in the programs and operations of [the executive branch].” To fulfill this mandate, the act created the Offices of Inspector General in various executive departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, and authorized them to conduct and supervise audits and investigations to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse.

The DOD OIG’s primary investigative weapon has been the subpoena. More recently,...
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