I am pleased 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 l, 2017, through March 31, 2018. This summary of accomplishments is reported in accordance with the Inspector General Act Of 1978, as amended.
Within this rating period, our auditors, inspectors, and investigators continued to detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse and protect the integrity and effectiveness of DIA programs. Audit highlights include the completion of the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Statement Audit with a "disclaimer of opinion"; an audit of the Managers' Internal Control Program with seven to improve program oversight, reporting, and internal controls; and an audit of the Government Purchase Card (GPC) program that found an estimated $5.3 million of GPC purchases that were not appropriate, authorized, or accounted for due to lack of oversight and controls, whereby nine recommendations were issued. Inspections highlights include an evaluation of the National Media Exploitation Center with two recommendations related to implementing guidance and business processes, and an evaluation of DIA Management of the Defense Human Intelligence Enterprise, which resulted in three recommendations to improve integration. Our Audits and Inspections teams worked with DIA management to close 19 recommendations and are actively working ten announced audits and inspections, one of which includes an out-of-cycle evaluation of the DIA Whistleblower program. Our Investigations Division opened 33 cases, closed 46 cases, and has 72 ongoing investigations.
This rating period we established a data analytics working group to take advantage of the various data sets used by DIA to be more targeted in our oversight efforts. Our initial work includes analytics based on one of the themes from our current annual plan and establishing governance practices to ensure reliability and sustainability of our efforts. The long-term goals of this initiative are to enhance our annual planning process, increase our ability to detect potential fraud, and augment our audits and inspections processes.
In closing, I thank our OIG team members for contributing to the work contained in this report, and continue to recognize the collaboration and support of DIA managers at all levels, without which we would not be able to perform our mission in a timely, independent, and objective manner. Finally, I thank Congress and the DIA Director for their enduring commitment to supporting the important work of our office.
This report and the annex are posted on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network. A copy can also be found on the Internet through http://www.dia.miVAbout/Office-of-the-Inspector-General/ and http://www.oversight.gov.