What is Oversight.gov?
Oversight.gov was created by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to consolidate in one place all public reports from contributing Federal Inspectors General (IGs) in order to improve the public’s access to independent and authoritative information about the Federal Government. The site includes a publicly accessible, text searchable repository of reports published by participating IGs.
The reports appearing on Oversight.gov, as well as the data associated with them, have been posted directly to the site by the IG that issued it. CIGIE operates and maintains the site. Reports on Oversight.gov can also be accessed through the websites of the individual Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs).
Oversight.gov is still under development: OIGs continue to add their reports and data to the site, and the testing and development of the site’s features is ongoing. CIGIE welcomes your feedback and suggestions.
What is the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE)?
CIGIE is a statutorily-created, independent entity within the executive branch. Congress established CIGIE to address integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual Federal Government agencies, and to aid in the establishment of a professional, well-trained, and highly skilled workforce in the Offices of Inspectors General. Learn more here.
What is on the site?
Oversight.gov aggregates public reports from contributing Federal OIGs that are members of CIGIE. Each OIG also provides data associated with these reports for presentation on Oversight.gov. This data is described in detail below.
What data is presented on Oversight.gov, and how is it presented?
The data presented on Oversight.gov is uploaded to Oversight.gov by the participating OIGs. For definitions of the data presented on the site, please see the Oversight.gov Data Definitions.
What data is presented in the slideshows on the Home and Investigations pages?
The data presented in the slideshows on the Home and Investigations pages are from CIGIE’s Annual Progress Reports the President, which present aggregate data about the annual accomplishments of Federal OIGs. This data is uploaded to Oversight.gov directly by CIGIE upon publication of a new annual report.
What data is presented in the charts on the Home and Reports pages?
The data presented in the charts on the Home and Reports pages are from three sources:
- CIGIE’s Annual Progress Reports the President, which present aggregate data about the annual accomplishments of Federal OIGs. This data is uploaded to Oversight.gov directly by CIGIE upon publication of a new annual report.
- Participating OIGs’ Semiannual Reports, which present data about the semiannual accomplishments of individual OIGs. This data is uploaded to Oversight.gov by each participating OIG.
- Data from individual reports uploaded to Oversight.gov. This data is uploaded to Oversight.gov by each participating OIG.
When presenting this data in the charts on the Home and Reports pages, Oversight.gov presents data from CIGIE’s Annual Progress Reports to the President when that data is available. When it is not available, Oversight.gov presents an aggregation of the data uploaded by participating OIGs from their Semiannual Reports. For time periods for which no Semiannual Report is available from a participating OIG, or for information that is not contained in those Semiannual Reports, Oversight.gov presents an aggregation of data provided by participating OIGs from the individual reports those OIGs have uploaded to the site.
Because of this methodology, the information presented in the charts may change as new sources of data become available. Additionally, although CIGIE and the participating OIGs make every effort to ensure that the data presented on Oversight.gov is accurate, inadvertent errors or omissions may occur.
A note about information concerning OIG investigations
Many OIG investigations – including those that result in a criminal prosecution, civil action, or other public outcome – do not culminate in a public report by the OIG. Therefore, the scope of the participating OIGs’ investigative activity and accomplishments is not fully represented on Oversight.gov. For more information about each OIG’s investigative activity, please contact the OIG.
Questions and suggestions:
For questions, comments, and suggestions about reports available on Oversight.gov, please contact the OIG that is responsible for the report. A directory of OIGs is available here.
For questions, comments, and suggestions about Oversight.gov, please contact CIGIE.