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Letter to Ranking Member Elijah Cummings on Investigations into Employee Misconduct

Requested by the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

On January 18, 2017, we issued a letter detailing our response to a congressional survey on the sharing of information between the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) during investigations into employee misconduct. We stated that employee integrity cases are an investigative priority for OIG, and through outreach and briefings, we routinely educate Department officials, employees, and contractors about fraud prevention. We communicate with DOT officials at appropriate times during the course of an investigation. After the investigation is completed and referred for action—either to the relevant DOT agency or the Department of Justice—we coordinate with departmental officials on the resulting administrative action(s). Our goal is to complete all administrative investigations in fewer than 180 days, and on average, such cases take fewer than 30 days.