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.

OIG Staff

Inspector General
Laura Davis (202) 606-8574

Brandie Staton (202) 606-8355

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:

  1. CALL (toll-free): 1 (877) 786-7598

  2. WRITE:

    Office of Inspector General
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20506

  3. EMAIL: @email

  4. 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.