Office of Inspector General
An inspector general is an internal compliance officer for a government agency tasked with making sure public funds are not wasted or stolen. This is accomplished by ensuring that a variety of mandates are met.
Inspectors general monitor the use of federal money by conducting audits, investigations, and project inspections. They also oversee the annual financial audit for their agencies. Their work is intended to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuse, as well as promote the economy, effectiveness, and efficiency. Findings and recommendations are reported to agency leadership and Congress. Inspectors general are independent of the operating personnel that implement their agencies’ programs and are appointed without regard to political affiliation.
The Denali Commission Act, as amended, and the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, require the Denali Commission to have an inspector general. The Commission is one of 72 federal agencies statutorily required to have this oversight function.
In May 2014, the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General entered into an agreement with the Denali Commission to provide a full range of inspector general services, including investigating hotline complaints.