The OIG Audit Staff conducts financial and performance audits of NRO programs and provides actionable recommendations that are designed to improve NRO programs and activities. Audits focus on detecting fraud, waste, and mismanagement; improving economy efficiency, and effectiveness; ensuring that laws and regulations are followed; and promoting effective management controls. To best meet the strategic objectives of the NRO, the Audit Staff is subdivided into three distinct groups — Acquisition, Financial Management, and Information Technology — with teams in Chantilly, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.
The Inspection Staff conducts focused and objective evaluations of a unit’s policies, programs, and activities. Inspections are conducted for the purposes of providing timely information to managers for decision-making; monitoring compliance; measuring performance; assessing efficiency and effectiveness; making value-added recommendations for improvements to programs, policies, or procedures; and sharing best practices. Inspections are conducted in accordance with the Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation issued by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
The Investigation Staff conducts inquiries into potential violations of federal criminal law on the part of NRO personnel, contractors, or others acting on behalf of the NRO when such violations involve NRO funds, property, operations, or activities. The investigations staff receives complaints via the OIG Hotlink, walk-ins, and referrals from law enforcement agencies, NRO offices, and contractors; maintains an active partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Department of Justice, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and the ethics and compliance offices of NRO Contractors; and engages in proactive measures to detect and prevent contract fraud via our Procurement Fraud Initiative.
The Special Programs Staff reviews the status and effectiveness of actions taken by NRO Directorates and Offices to address OIG reported findings. This staff is also responsible for the development and consolidation of required reports to the NRO Director, Congress, and the Department of Defense; development and execution of the OIG annual and strategic plans and management of the OIG liaison office programs.