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Office of Inspector General

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Each federal agency has an Office of Inspector General (OIG) that provides independent oversight of the agency’s programs and operations. The office is responsible for promoting efficiency and effectiveness in agency programs and for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse. By statute, the NSF OIG is independent from the agency, with the IG reporting directly to the National Science Board and the Congress. We consult NSF in developing our plans and obtain agency feedback on reports before they are issued. Semiannually, the OIG submits a summary report of its activities to the Congress, National Science Board, and NSF.

To promote efficiency and effectiveness, we assess internal controls, financial management, information technology, and other systems that affect the operation of NSF programs. By identifying individuals who attempt to abuse the public trust or defraud government programs, the OIG also enforces integrity in agency operations. Our office is staffed with auditors, investigators, attorneys, scientists, and other specialists. Close working relationships with NSF and its awardees help us focus our efforts on priority areas and facilitate our proactive educational efforts.


  • Offer analysis and advice on critical government-wide initiatives, such as computer security, program performance, workforce planning, and financial management.
  • Look independently at problems and recommend solutions.
  • Issue factual reports based on professional auditing, investigative, and evaluation standards.
  • Investigate fraud, misuse of funds, and other violations of laws and regulations.
  • Provide technical and consultative advice as the agency develops new plans.
  • Maintain a hotline for reporting confidential information on fraud and abuse.
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