GPO Office of Inspector General:

Alleged Mismanagement and Misconduct by Assistant Inspector General for Audits

OSI-97-3R: Published: Apr 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1997.

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GAO provided information on the results of its investigation of allegations against the Assistant Inspector General for Audits (AIGA) at the Government Printing Office's (GPO) Office of Inspector General (OIG). GAO had received an anonymous letter reporting alleged irregularities involving the management and operations of GPO's OIG for Audits.

GAO noted that: (1) its investigation disclosed no evidence to support the allegations that the AIGA: (a) suppressed findings; (b) refused to audit the GPO Reception and Recreation Fund; (c) violated the Hatch Act; or (d) violated the District of Columbia's weapons laws; (2) GAO found that the letter's information regarding specific alleged instances of wrongdoing was misleading or inaccurate; (3) in September 1991, the GPO Inspector General authorized the AIGA to carry a special agent badge, although the AIGA was not a special agent; (4) GAO's investigation disclosed no evidence to support the allegation that the AIGA improperly used or displayed the badge; and (5) based on differing eyewitness accounts, GAO was unable to determine whether the AIGA threatened to harm members of his staff for divulging that he did not follow appropriate workpaper sign-off procedures.

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