GAO's Review of Selected Operations of the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General

RCED-83-116: Published: Aug 23, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1983.

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GAO reviewed selected operations of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), focusing on how well the office complied with audit standards and how often its audit recommendations were implemented.

In evaluating 22 audits and reports issued in fiscal year 1982 by three OIG offices, GAO found that field work and reporting standards were generally followed. However, GAO identified instances of noncompliance with at least two standards in every audit or report reviewed. From its review of the extent to which DOT administrations have taken corrective actions based on OIG audit findings, GAO determined that DOT agencies frequently did not take the corrective actions promised. This determination was made from an analysis of 60 randomly selected OIG reports issued between October 1979 and 1982. In a followup study on DOT agency implementation of corrective actions, OIG obtained results similar to those obtained by GAO.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Inspector General should perform periodic audits of the DOT audit followup system and report the results to the Secretary. The reports should disclose instances of corrective action not being taken on sustained findings.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation


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