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The Office of Inspector General's mission is to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, violations of law, and to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of the Federal Communications Commission. As an independent office within the FCC, OIG strives to promote accountability and performance in the management of FCC programs, policies and people by independently conducting audits and investigations, and recommending corrective action, when appropriate. 

About Us

Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Inspector General is a Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed officer with authority granted under Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App., as amended (IG Act).  On March 25, 2024, Fara Damelin was sworn in as the first Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed Inspector General of the FCC.

The Office of Inspector General is dedicated to ensuring compliance with the requirements of IG Act, and assisting the Commission in its continuing efforts to improve operational and program effectiveness and efficiency.

The two operating components of FCC OIG are the Office of Audits and Office of Investigations. The Management Division supports both the Inspector General and the operating components by providing budget and administrative services.

Our office consists of highly-qualified, experienced professionals, including auditors, investigators, data analysts, attorneys, and administrative support specialists.

What We Do

The Office of the Inspector General is an independent and objective oversight office created within FCC by the Inspector General Act. The Inspector General Act specifies that the OIG will:

  • Promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the management of FCC programs and supporting operations;
  • Conduct and supervise audits, investigations, and reviews relating to the Agency’s programs and support operations;
  • Detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse;
  • Review existing and proposed legislation and regulations and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other Federal, State and local governmental agencies, and non-governmental entities, regarding the mandated duties of the Inspector General;
  • Keep the FCC Commissioners and Congress informed of serious problems and recommend corrective actions and implementation measures;
  • Comply with the audit standards of the Comptroller General;
  • Avoid duplication of Government Accountability Office (GAO) activities; and
  • Report violations of law to the U.S. Attorney General.

OIG Teams


Contact Us

Office of Inspector General Mailing Address:

Office of Inspector General
Federal Communications Commission
45 L Street NE
Washington, DC, 20554

By Telephone, During Our Regular Business Hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

(202) 418-0470

You may report fraud, waste, mismanagement, or misconduct involving FCC programs or employees by using the OIG Hotline. Contact Information can be found on the Hotline page




Tuesday, June 28, 2022