Regular readers of “Pushing the Envelope” know this OIG is a firm believer in the power of data. We use data analytics to identify the root causes of problems or inefficiencies, and then develop solutions that get to the heart of the issue.
In a recent blog, we noted how we organize our work. Our blogs tend to feature our audit work because it allows us to seek input and feedback that can shape ongoing or future work.
That doesn’t mean it’s quiet in the Office of Investigations. In fact, there’s always a lot going on there. Our investigative work is organized around a handful of areas: mail theft, financial fraud, contract fraud, health care fraud, and narcotics.
You may have noticed that most of our blogs are based on our recent audit reports, which lets us highlight some of our work and solicit feedback from readers. Stakeholder input often provides ideas for future reports.
In fact, our ideas for audit work must be balanced between stakeholder requests, projects mandated by law, and discretionary work. Projects mandated by law include last week’s blog on the U.S. Postal Service’s inventory of unused space.