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Office of Inspector General

About EPA's Office of Inspector General

Who, What, Why


Who We Are

The Office of Inspector General is an independent office within EPA that helps the agency protect the environment in a more efficient and cost effective manner. We consist of auditors, program analysts, investigators, and others with extensive expertise. Although we are a part of EPA, Congress provides us with our funding separate from the agency, to ensure our independence. We were created pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amendedExit.

Learn more in our OIG Brochures on Fraud, Waste and Abuse.For explanations of some commonly asked questions and misunderstood terms, visit ourFrequently Asked Questions and Termspage.

Contact the OIG
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2410T)
Washington, DC 20460
202.566.2391
202.566.2549 (Fax)
OIG_WEBCOMMENTS@epa.gov
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What We Do

Conduct independent audits, evaluations and investigations; make evidence-based recommendations to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and misconduct for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.We also provide hotline services to our agencies. We discuss issues with EPA management and others, including Congress, and provide detailed reports. Twice a year, we provide a Semiannual Report to Congress that identifies significant EPA deficiencies and proposed corrective actions and profiles our accomplishments.

Why We Do It

We strive to be apremier oversight organization trusted to speak the truth, promote good governance, and contribute to improved human health and the environment. Weprovide solutions to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place.

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Vision, Mission and Core Values


Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Be the premier oversight organization trusted to speak the truth, promote good governance, and contribute to improved human health and the environment.

Our Mission

Conduct independent audits, evaluations and investigations; make evidence-based recommendations to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and misconduct for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Our Goals

  • Contribute to improved EPA and CSB programs and operations protecting human health and the environment,and enhancing safety.
  • Conduct audits, evaluations and investigations that enable the EPA and the CSB to improve business practices and accountability.
  • Improve OIG processes, resource allocation and accountability to meet stakeholder needs.

Core Values

Customer Service: Everyone deserves to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity.
  • We are committed to treating our customers and stakeholders¡ªEPA, CSB, Congress, the public, and each other¡ª
    with fairness, respect, and dignity.
  • We are committed to individual and organizational excellence.
  • We are committed to building and sustaining a competent, innovative, diverse, and dedicated workforce.
Integrity: Our people and products are trustworthy.
  • We are committed to producing independent, objective, quality, and timely work products that are accurate,
    factual, thorough, and relevant
  • Our people are committed to teamwork, professionalism, and the highest ethical standards
  • Our processes are transparent
Accountability: We are individually and collectively responsible for all we do.
  • We lead by example and are responsible and accountable to one another
  • Our work returns value to stakeholders, taxpayers, and others.
  • We hold ourselves and others accountable for compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and
    sound business practices
  • We are an independent voice without preference or prejudice

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IG Biography


Inspector General Sean O¡¯Donnell

Inspector General Sean O¡¯Donnell(click to enlarge)Sean W. O¡¯Donnell was sworn in as the Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on January 27, 2020. The mission of the Office of Inspector General is to promote economy and efficiency at the EPA and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, as well as detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse related to the programs and operations of those two agencies. To this end, Mr. O¡¯Donnell oversees a nationwide workforce of attorneys, auditors, special agents, and support personnel who support the Office¡¯s mission by providing evidence-based reports to the agencies, the public, and to Congress.

Prior to becoming the Inspector General, Mr. O¡¯Donnell spent 15 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, most recently as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division¡¯s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section. Over his career at the DOJ, he handled a wide range of criminal and civil matters, such as commercial and governmental fraud, corruption, and national security matters. In total, Mr. O¡¯Donnell¡¯s work in fighting fraud helped return approximately $3 billion to the U.S. Treasury and brought numerous individuals and corporations to justice. Mr. O¡¯Donnell received numerous awards and honors at the DOJ, including the Attorney General¡¯s Award and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director¡¯s Award.

Early in his career, Mr. O¡¯Donnell clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and U.S. District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He also spent time in private practice, working on intellectual property and antitrust litigation, among other matters. Mr. O¡¯Donnell is active in his community, having served on his city¡¯s redistricting and ethics commissions. His contribution to youth sports in his community has been recognized through awards and other accolades.

Mr. O¡¯Donnell has a bachelor¡¯s degree in economics from Texas A&M University, a bachelor¡¯s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington, and a master¡¯s degree in economics and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

How We Are Organized


Explore the EPA Office of the Inspector General organization chart and learn more about the different offices within the OIG.

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Immediate Office of the Inspector General

Sean W. O¡¯Donnell,Inspector General
Biography of theInspector General

Charles J. Sheehan,Deputy Inspector General

Charles J. Sheehan became Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April 2012. Before his appointment, Mr. Sheehan served four years as Judge on the EPA¡¯s Environmental Appeals Board. Prior to this, he was the Regional Counsel for EPA Region 6, comprising Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Before entering the EPA, Mr. Sheehan was General Counsel of the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment Cooperation Commission. For nearly 15 years, he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, most of that period with the department¡¯s Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he represented the EPA and other federal agencies in enforcement and defensive litigation in district and appellate courts under major federal environmental statutes.

Mr. Sheehan earned a bachelor¡¯s degree from Boston College and a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia.

Edward S. Shields, Associate Deputy Inspector General

Contact
(202) 566-0847
(202) 566-0857 (Fax)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2410T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460

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Office of Audit and Evaluation

VACANT, Assistant Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation
Kathlene Butler, Acting Assistant Inspector General for Auditand Evaluation
Christine El-Zoghbi, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Auditand Evaluation
Richard Eyermann, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Auditand Evaluation
Rekha Bartlett, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Auditand Evaluation

The Office of Audit and Evaluation designs and implements long-term, nationwide audit plans to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs and prevent fraud, waste and mismanagement. This office leads and participates in multi-agency projects to address governmentwide management issues. This office also includesa multidisciplinary workforce that evaluates the design, implementation and measurement of EPA programs including evidence of program effectiveness and results.

This office performs audits related to the following areas:

  • Air
  • Contracts andassistance agreements
  • Efficiency
  • Environmental research
  • Financial statements
  • Forensic reports
  • Information resources management
  • Land cleanup and waste management
  • Toxic, chemical management and pollution prevention
  • Water
Contact
(202) 566-2063 (Christine El-Zoghbi)
(202) 566-0565 (Richard Eyermann)
(202) 566-1363 (Rekha Bartlett)
(202) 566-0837(Fax)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2421T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460


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Office of Investigations

Helina P. Wong, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Craig Ulmer, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Allan Williams, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations

The Office of Investigations manages, sets policy, coordinates, and has overall responsibility for criminal investigations of allegations of:

  • Financial fraud involving EPA programs or funds (i.e. Contract Fraud, Grant Fraud, etc.)
  • Employee Misconduct
  • Intrusion into EPA systems and computers
  • Threats against EPA employees, contractors, facilities and assets
  • Assaults on EPA employees or contractors and other acts of violence committed in EPA facilities
  • Impersonating EPA Officials
  • Counterfeiting or misuse of EPA official insignia, logos or credentials
  • Theft of property or funds within EPA facilities

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Contact
(202) 566-0819
(202) 566-0814(Fax)
(888) 546-8740(OIG Hotline)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2431T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460

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Office of Counsel & Congressional and Public Affairs

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Counsel

VACANT, Counsel to the Inspector General
Eric Hanger, Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General
Susan Barvenik, Associate Deputy Counsel

The Office of Counsel (OC) provides independent legal and policy advice to all components of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on a variety of substantive and procedural matters relating to the OIG¡¯s audit,investigation, and other activities. This office represents the OIG in administrative litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. OC manages the OIG ethics program, providing ethics training, advice, and financial disclosure reviews. OC also coordinates OIG responses to Freedom of Information Act and other document requests.

OC activities also include legal reviews as deemed necessary by the Inspector General in response to requests by members of Congress, the agency, or the public.

Contact
(202) 566-0863
(202) 566-0870(Fax)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2411T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460

Congressional and Public Affairs

Eric Hanger, Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General
Jennifer Kaplan,Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Congressional and Public Affairs

The Office of Congressional and Public Affairs (OCPA) communicates with Congress, the news media and the general public about the Office of Inspector General¡¯s (OIG¡¯s) work, including responding to inquiries and requests. OCPA edits, publishes online and disseminates OIG reports and correspondence. This office also is responsible for managing the OIG¡¯s website and social media platforms, creating multimedia products, operating the OIG¡¯s main phone line and email inbox, and handling internal communications.

In addition, the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs is responsible for the OIG Hotline, which encourages suggestions for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs, and receives complaints of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in EPA programs and operations, as well as violations of law, regulations and policies by EPA and CSB employees, grantees, contractors and program participants.

Contact
(202) 566-2391
(202) 566-2549(Fax)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2491T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460

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Office of Management

VACANT, Assistant Inspector General for Management
Stephanie Wright,ActingDeputyAssistant Inspector General for Management
Erica Kavanagh, Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Management

The Office of Management (OM) serves as the corporate focal point, under the Immediate Office of the Inspector General. OM is responsible for organization-wide coordination and leadership in promoting the most efficient use and accountability for OIG resources in effectively achieving its mission and strategic goals.

OM is comprised of three directorates which provide support services for Budget, Planning, Performance Results, Human Resources, and Information Technology. These directorates form the cornerstone of the available management services within the OIG. The Business Analysis and Results (BAR) Directorate supports budget formulation and execution, planning and policy and facilities management. The Human Resources Directorate (HRD) provides operational support for Human Resource activities such as recruiting and staffing while the Human Capital component addresses employee development and employee relations. Lastly, the Information Technology Directorate (ITD) provides software development, infrastructure and technical support services along with Information Security, Records and Property Management.

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Contact
(202) 566-0847
(202) 566-0857(Fax)
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2410T)EPA Mailing Addresses
Washington, DC 20460

U.S. Chemical Safety Board


The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency holds the position of Inspector General for the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. The U.S. CSB is authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 Exitand became operational in January 1998.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducts annual financial audits and evaluations of information security. The OIG also reports on CSB programs.

In addition to audits, the OIG provides a hotline service to receive complaints of fraud, waste and abuse in CSB programs and operations including mismanagement or violations of law, rules, or regulations. Complaints may be received directly from CSB employees or the general public.

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OIG Independence of EPA

The EPA'sOffice of Inspector Generalis a part of the EPA, although Congress provides our funding separate from the agency, to ensure our independence.We were created pursuant to theInspector General Act of 1978, as amendedExit.

Environmental Protection Agency |Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2410T) | Washington, DC 20460 | (202) 566-2391
OIG Hotline:1-888-546-8740.