It is my honor to present the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) semiannual report (SAR) to the U.S. Congress for the reporting period October 1, 2018, through March 1, 2019. This summary of accomplishments is reported in accordance with the Inspector General (IG) Act of 1978, as amended.
Our staff continues to provide relevant and timely oversight to detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse and protect the integrity and effectiveness of DIA programs. Specifically, our Audits Division completed oversight of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Financial Statement Audit with a "disclaimer of opinion"; they also audited DIAS contract requirements that resulted in four recommendations. Likewise, our Inspections Division completed critical work including evaluations of DIA's counterintelligence operations in the cyber domain, issuing two recommendations; an evaluation of workplace safety, citing three recommendations for the Agency's Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Compliance Program; and an evaluation of personnel security, reviewing program interdependencies and adjudication policies that resulted in four recommendations. Furthermore, they evaluated the Agency's offensive counterintelligence operations and issued an observation to management concerning travel vouchers. Lastly, our Investigations Division opened 32 cases and closed 29. Of the 71 ongoing investigations, several involve senior officials or significant fraud.
This reporting period, we continued to actively collaborate with Agency officials to close recommendations that remain open. We reported 36 open audit recommendations in our last report and closed 11. For inspections, we also had 36 open recommendations and closed 20 so far this fiscal year.
I would also highlight that we improved our annual planning effort by increasing our collaboration and transparency with the DIA workforce and IG community, adding emphasis on impact and independence. Lessons learned revealed the need for increased oversight capacity in certain areas. As such, we intend to increase proactive fraud investigative resources, IG data analytics tools, and awareness of emerging technologies. We are working to make information technology (IT) improvements to OlG-specific software, and are transitioning to our new investigation secure web application, the Case Management Tracking System. This application was built specifically for OlGs to meet their investigative needs and automate manual processes. Our priorities will not only enable IT improvements, but also manpower upgrades. We requested our Assistant IG and IG Counsel positions be elevated to the senior executive level, which is on par with our OIG counterparts. That request is currently under Agency review.
This report and the annex are posted on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network. A copy of this report can also be found on the Internet through http://www.dia.mil/About/Office-of-the-lnspector-General/ and http://www.oversight.gov.