During this reporting cycle, OIG had one training conference with expenses exceeding $100,000. OIG has in place policy which states, “OIG –planned conferences with anticipated expenses exceeding $100,000, including travel expenses, must be approved by the Deputy Inspector General.” In addition, all other OIG-planned conferences must be approved by the Assistant Inspector General for Management. To reduce conference spending, OIG has continued using teleconferencing and videoconferencing in lieu of face-to face meetings whenever practical.
The following information is provided for the training conference with expenses exceeding $100,000:
- Total expenses incurred by the agency for the conference: $179K
- The location of the conference: Washington DC Metro Area
- The date of the Conference: April 13-24, 2015
- A brief explanation how the conference advanced the mission of the agency: The Attorney General guidelines for offices of inspectors general with statutory law enforcement authority mandate that OIG provide “periodic refresher training” to certain categories of personnel. OIG’s global presence makes it impossible to provide required training with consistent quality to all personnel in their countries of assignment. This training provided instruction for improved technical skills in furtherance of OIG strategic goal 2 and in accordance with Attorney General guidelines and guidance from the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency regarding the prevention and detection of fraud, waste, and abuse.
- The total number of individuals whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were paid by the agency: 47