The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was established at the USITC in 1989 as a result of amendments to the Inspector General Act. The OIG is designed to be an independent and objective unit. The Inspector General reports regularly to the Chairman and semiannually to the Congress.
The mission of the Office of the Inspector General is to promote and preserve the effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). General responsibilities include:
- Conducts and supervises audits and investigations of USITC programs and operations.
- Provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of USITC programs and operations.
- Provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in the programs and operations of the USITC.
- Keeps the Chairman and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of USITC and the necessity for and progress of corrective action.