This semiannual report is issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) Office of Inspector General (OIG) pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. It summarizes the OIG’s activities and accomplishments for the period of April 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012.
During the reporting period, the OIG conducted an external audit peer review, closed three investigative matters, and received 485 inquiries, of which 231 were charge-processing issues, 183 were Title VII complaints, and 71 were other investigative allegations.
The OIG’s completed, newly initiated, and ongoing audit, evaluation, and investigative projects include the following:
- The OIG contracted with Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A., to perform the 2012 financial statement audit of EEOC, which is required by the Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2002. Fieldwork is ongoing, and the audit opinion is expected to be issued by November 15, 2012, to meet the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) deadline and to be included in the Agency’s 2012 Performance and Accountability Report.
- The OIG contracted with Clifton Gunderson, LLP, to perform an independent evaluation of EEOC’s information security program and selected EEOC systems for compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) and the OMB’s reporting requirements for inspectors general contained in OMB Memorandum M-10-15. Fieldwork is under way and is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2012, to meet the OMB reporting deadline.
- The OIG conducted an independent assessment of the Agency’s management control evaluation process to determine whether it was carried out in accordance with OMB standards. The OIG expects to issue the assessment to the Chair prior to the reporting deadline of November 15, 2012, for inclusion in the Agency’s 2012 Performance and Accountability Report.
- The OIG has contracted with Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A., to conduct an audit of the Agency’s commercial purchase card program. Fieldwork began in fiscal year (FY) 2012, and a final report is expected during the first quarter of FY 2013.
- The OIG contracted with the Urban Institute, a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C., to evaluate EEOC’s performance measures in the EEOC FY 2012–2016 Strategic Plan. The evaluation will focus on how well the performance measures align with critical Agency goals and activities, and whether performance measures should be improved. The draft and final reports are scheduled to be issued during the second quarter of FY 2013.
- Closed investigations included cases involving two conflict-of-interest matters and a falsification of charge files.
- Ongoing investigations continue in several field offices, involving the Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA), conflicts of interest, falsification of government records, and other matters.