On behalf of the Office of the Inspector General of the Defense Intelligence Agency, I am pleased to present our Semiannual Report (SAR) covering October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. This report showcases our workforce’s steadfast commitment to conducting independent, objective, and timely oversight across the DIA Enterprise and their employment of innovative approaches to promote economy and efficiency.
We started this fiscal year focusing on our OIG oversight activities that addressed DIA’s Top Management Challenges and Emerging Risks identified in 2021. Over the last six months, we conducted audits, inspections, evaluations, and studies that provided awareness into the topics representing the greatest vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, or impair DIA’s ability to achieve its mission and goals. In conjunction with our issued recommendations, Agency management continued to leverage this insight to address the concerns and shape the way forward.
We also made great strides in the development and prioritization of our key strategic focus areas, particularly in safeguarding and strengthening key foundational principles of our OIG independence. In all matters related to our investigations, audits, and inspections and evaluations, OIG must remain independent in fact and in appearance. During this reporting period, we deliberately assessed all aspects of our Office operations that rely on elements of Agency or Department administrative or services support. We captured the results of our efforts in a baseline statement of independence that we plan to review on an annual basis. The statement outlines matters that bear on our independence when obtaining services or leveraging Agency or Department processes, and the current and potential safeguards that mitigate or could further mitigate these concerns. It will help guide our Office enterprise risk management to further ensure our OIG is an objective and independent unit providing oversight of Agency programs and activities that keep the Director, DIA and Congress fully informed.
Additionally, as an ongoing effort to increase our transparency, more information related to our reports will be posted for public release. These products can be found on our DIA website, https:// oig.dia.mil, and the IG community site operated by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), https://www.oversight.gov.
I am proud of the superior work my office accomplishes in defense of the Nation. I am also grateful for the continued trust and support of Congress; the Director, DIA, and the American taxpayers as we continue to look for efficient and innovative ways to reduce fraud, waste, and mismanagement within DIA programs.