Office of the Inspector General
About the Office of the Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General is responsible for (1) conducting audits and investigations; (2) reviewing legislation; (3) recommending policies to promote efficiency and effectiveness; and (4) preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in the operations of the agency. The Inspector General (IG) is also responsible for keeping the NEH chairman and Congress informed of problems or deficiencies in NEH’s programs and operations. NEH’s Inspector General is appointed by the NEH Chair and reports directly to him.
NEH’s Office of Inspector General was established on April 9, 1989, in accordance with the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988, Public Law 100-504. The legislation established Offices of Inspector General in several departments and thirty-three agencies, including NEH. The law gives the IG the power to act independently: the IG cannot be prevented from initiating, carrying out, or completing an audit or investigation, or from issuing any subpoena; has access to all records of the agency; reports directly to Congress; and can only be removed by the National Council on the Humanities, who must promptly advise Congress of the reasons for the removal.
To learn more about the work of the inspector general, please read the Inspectors General Vision Statement.
Laura Davis (202) 606-8574
Christen Smith, (202) 606-8282
Brian Stratton, (202) 606-8352
Report Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement to the Office of the Inspector General
NEH's Office Inspector General (OIG) investigates reports of waste, fraud, and mismanagement involving federal funds. You can help the OIG eliminate fraud and improve management by providing information about allegations or suspicions of waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism), or unnecessary government expenditures.
There are four ways to contact NEH’s OIG to report an act you believe to be wasteful or fraudulent:
CALL (toll-free): 1 (877) 786-7598
Office of Inspector General
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
INTERNET FORM: click here
Fraud can also be reported using the General Accounting Office’s Fraudnet Web site.
Government employees are protected from reprisal. Your identity will held in confidence, unless the Inspector General determines the disclosure to be unavoidable.
OIG PEER REVIEW REPORTS
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, September 2022 (6-page PDF)
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, August 2019 (12-page PDF)
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, December 2016 (4-page PDF)
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, September 2013 (7-page PDF)
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, December 2010 (7-page PDF)
External Review of the NEH OIG Audit Organization, September 2007 (6-page PDF)
FORMS AND GUIDELINES
Program-Specific Audit Guide: Federal/State Partnership Program [CFDA No. 45.129] (28-page PDF)
Accounting System Manual for State Humanities Councils, revised January 2009 (84-page PDF)
Sample Personnel Activity Report (2-page PDF)
Program-Specific Audit Guide for Recipients of NEH Challenge Grants (9-page PDF)
NEH Research Misconduct Policy
IGNet - the website of the Federal Inspector General community
A Guide to Grant Oversight and Best Practices for Combating Grant Fraud, National Procurement Fraud Task Force (16-page PDF)
Message from the National Procurement Fraud Task Force (8-page PDF)
Improving the Grant Management Process, U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, February 2009 (9-page PDF)