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Response - Congressional Request on Open Office of Inspector General Audit Recommendations; Nonpublic, Closed Reports of Investigation; and Restrictions on Access to Information

Published by the Farm Credit Administration, Office of Inspector General on 2015-03-11.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

Farm Credit Administration                                     Office of Inspector General
                                                               1501 Farm Credit Drive
                                                               Mclean, Virginia 22102-5090




March 11,2015



The Honorable Jason Chaffetz
Chairman
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
House of Representatives
Congress of the United States
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings
Ranking Member
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
House of Representatives
Congress of the United States
2230 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:

This is in reply to your February 11, 2015, letter requesting information on open Office of
Inspector General recommendations; nonpublic, closed reports; and any instances in which the
Agency has refused to provide or restricted the OIG's access to information.

Requests No. 1-4- Open Recommendations and Related Information
Regarding your request for information regarding outstanding OIG recommendations, as of
March 11, 2015, OIG has no open or unimplemented recommendations. All recommendations
issued during this reporting period have been implemented and therefore closed.

Request No. 5- Summary of all Closed Investigations, Evaluations, and Audits Not
Disclosed to the Public
With respect to information on nonpublic, closed reports issued from January 1, 2014 to the
present, all reports generated through OIG audits, inspections, and evaluations conducted
during the period were publicly disclosed and are posted on my office's public website at
http://www.fca.gov/home/inspector/ig reports.html. Our office also issued four Reports of
Investigation for which Closing Memoranda have already been posted to my office's website at:
http://www.fca.gov/home/inspector/ig investigation closing memoranda.htmi.These Reports or
Investigation addressed the following:
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   •   OIG Report of Investigation No. 14-04 addressed alleged misuse of a government travel
       card by an FCA employee and was issued and referred to management on September 24,
       2014. OIG closed the investigation on October 16, 2014 based on notice by management
       that it had taken action. The OIG Closing Memorandum is published online at: Closing
       Memorandum No. 14-04

   •   OIG Report of Investigation No. 14-03 addressed alleged misuse of a government travel
       card by an FCA employee and was issued on November 12, 2014 and referred to
       management the next day. OIG closed the investigation on December 8, 2014 based on
       notice by management that it had taken action. The OIG Closing Memorandum is
       published online at: Closing Memorandum No. 14-03

   •   OIG Report of Investigation No. 14-05 addressed alleged submission of false claims and
       statements relating to an erroneous contract payment and was issued and referred to
       management on December 4, 2014. OIG closed the investigation on December 30, 2014
       based on notice by management that it had taken action. The OIG Closing
       Memorandum is published online at: Closing Memorandum No. 14-05

   •   OIG Report of Investigation No. 14-06 addressed a computer security incident involving
       FCA systems and was issued and referred to management for information, on
       December 30, 2014. The investigation was closed the same date based on OIG's
       determination that the incident did not merit further evaluation. The OIG Closing
       Memorandum is published online at: Closing Memorandum No. 14-06

These Reports of Investigation were not publicly disclosed because they include information
protected from public release under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a.

Our office also issued three unpublished Management Advisories to the FCA Board:

   •   OIG Management Advisory No. 14-01, Need For Independent, Objective Oversight Of
       The Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. This advisory was issued on May 7,
       2014, and addresses the need for an inspector general to provide oversight of the Farm
       Credit System Insurance Corporation.

   •   OIG Management Advisory No. 14-02, Evaluation of the Board's Role in the Farm Credit
       Administration's Reserve Strategy. This advisory was issued on May 29, 2014, and
       recommends that the Farm Credit Administration Board review the Agency's Interest
       Reserve Strategy" to decide whether changes are needed.

   •   OIG Management Advisory No. 2015-01, Suspension and Debarment Policy. This
       advisory was issued on December 18, 2014 and recommends that FCA consider
       implementing a policy that would enhance the agency's ability to efficiently review and
       refer cases for suspension and debarment proceedings.
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Request No.6- Access to Records and Information
The FCA OIG has received full cooperation from the Agency in response to its information and
data requests and thus has had no instances in which the FCA refused to provide or otherwise
delayed or restricted OIG's access to records or other information.

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Inspectors General, and please contact my office at
(703) 883-4030, if we may further assist.

Sincerely,


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Elizabeth M. Dean
Inspector General