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The OIG has authority to investigate matters that concern FEC personnel, programs, operations, and funds, so as to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and related misconduct. OIG investigations analyze complaints from employees, contractors, and concerned members of the public to determine if complaints allege violations of law, regulation, or policy and impact FEC programs of operations. The subject of an OIG investigation may range from any agency employee, FEC contractor, consultant, or a person or entity involved in alleged wrongdoing that concerns FEC personnel, programs, operations, or funds. OIG investigations may address administrative, civil, or criminal violations of laws, regulations and policies.

The OIG does not generally investigate equal employment opportunity matters, Hatch Act violations, and violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). If you wish to file a complaint regarding equal employment opportunity matters, please contact the FEC Equal Employment Opportunity Office. If you wish to file a complaint regarding a Hatch Act violation, please contact the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. If you wish to file a complaint regarding a violation of the FECA, please contact the FEC Office of General Counsel.

Matters appropriate for OIG investigation include, but are not limited to:

  • Theft
  • Misuse of resources
  • Acquisition fraud
  • Employee misconduct
  • Mismanagement
  • Retaliation
  • Time and attendance fraud
  • Travel fraud
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Ethical violations
  • Abuse of authority
  • Prohibited personnel practices