Written byCarten Cordell
The investigative work of inspectors general from across the federal government can now be found in a single digital location.
The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency unveiled Oversight.gov, a new website that collects and aggregates reports examining waste, fraud and abuse from across the government.
The website, launched officially Monday, features audits, investigations, evaluations and special reviews from the IGs of 67 agencies and includes more than 5,800 previously released reports.
“This site now consolidates in one place those reports, allowing the public, those interested in oversight, [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and the wide range of people who are stakeholders to see all of our work in on place,” Michael Horowitz, Department of Justice inspector general and CIGIE chairman, said in an appearance on Government Matters on Sunday.
CIGIE developed a beta version of the site in August, designed in part from the architecture from the U.S. Postal Service’s IG information system. Officials said that users can now search for reports by common issues that stretch across the federal sphere like “cybersecurity,” which appears in 446 reports, and “whistleblowers,” which returns 781 results.
“I think just having a site where we can work together and show how we are working together on things is really helpful,” acting USPS inspector general and Oversight.gov project lead Tammy Whitcomb said on Government Matters.
The website features reports dating back to 2000, and officials say the information represents more than $20 billion in potential savings OIGs have identified in each of the last three fiscal years.
Horowitz said in a statement that the site reflects ongoing efforts by CIGIE and IGs to make government information more transparent and available to the public.
“This new website makes the work of the IG community more accessible, and it demonstrates the critical role Inspectors General play in combatting waste, fraud and abuse, and holding government officials accountable for their management of taxpayer money,” he said.