United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General

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United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General
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Michael E. Horowitz
since April 16, 2012
United States Department of Justice
StyleThe Honorable, Mr. Inspector General
Reports toAttorney General of the United States and United States Congress
SeatDepartment of Justice Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
DeputyWilliam M. Blier

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for conducting nearly all of the investigations of DOJ employees and programs. The office has several hundred employees, reporting to the Inspector General. Michael E. Horowitz has held the post since 2012.[1][2]

The OIG conducts independent investigations, audits, inspections, and special reviews of United States Department of Justice personnel and programs. The OIG completes these tasks to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct, and to promote integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Department of Justice operations. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) consists of a front office, which comprises the Inspector General, the Deputy Inspector General, the Office of the General Counsel, and six major components. Each division is headed by an Assistant Inspector General.

The OIG's investigative jurisdiction includes all allegations of criminal wrongdoing or administrative misconduct by DOJ employees, except for allegations of misconduct that "relate to the exercise of the authority of an attorney to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice," which are referred to the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) unless the allegation concerns attorneys who work for OPR or the investigation is criminal in nature.[3]

History of Inspectors General[edit]

Inspector General[4] Date Started[4]
Michael Horowitz April 16, 2012[5]
Cynthia Schnedar (Acting) January 29, 2011
Glenn Fine December 15, 2000
Glenn Fine (Acting) August 10, 2000
Robert L. Ashbaugh (Acting) August 16, 1999
Michael Bromwich June 9, 1994
Richard J. Hankinson June 25, 1990
Anthony C. Moscato (Acting) April 14, 1989

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About the DOJ OIG, About The Office.
  2. ^ Matt Zapotosky; Sari Horwitz. Justice Department inspector general to investigate pre-election actions by department and FBI. Washington Post, 12 Jan 2017.
  3. ^ 5 U.S.C. App. § 8E(b).
  4. ^ a b "Inspector General Historical Data" (PDF). Council of Inspector Generals on Integrity and Efficiency. July 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Meet the Inspector General | U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General". oig.justice.gov. Retrieved November 3, 2020.

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