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An Inspector General (IG) is

a Federal agency official described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (I) of section ll(b)(l) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 and any successor Inspector General.[1]


"The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, statutorily established the Federal Inspectors General (IG) as independent and objective units within most agencies whose duties are to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the programs and operations of their respective agencies. To this end, each IG is responsible for conducting audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of its agency. Additionally, IGs provide leadership and coordination and recommend policies for activities designed to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and prevent and detect fraud and abuse, in agency programs and operations."[2]


  1. Data Brokers and the Federal Government: A New Front in the Battle for Privacy Opens, at 30-31.
  2. Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (full-text).