Since its 1976 establishment, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been at the forefront of the Nation's efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 100 other Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs.
HHS-OIG is the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, with approximately 1,600 employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste, and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs.
A majority of OIG's resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid - programs that represent a significant part of the Federal budget and that affect this country's most vulnerable citizens. Our government oversight extends to programs under other HHS institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.
OIG's mission is to provide objective oversight to promote the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of HHS programs, as well as the health and welfare of the people they serve.
Goals and Objectives
Fight Fraud, Waste & Abuse
- Prevent, detect, and deter fraud, waste, and abuse
- Foster sound financial stewardship and reduction of improper payments;
- Hold wrongdoers accountable and recover misspent public funds;
Promote Quality, Safety & Value
- Foster quality, safety, and value of HHS-funded services
- Promote public health and safety;
- Support high-performing health and human services programs.
Advance Excellence & Innovation
- Maximize value by improving efficiency and effectiveness;
- Promote secure and effective use of data and technology
- Encourage implementation of OIG recommendations.