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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Information

The devastation created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has generated one of the largest relief efforts put forth by the Federal government. The OIG is working closely with other Inspectors General, the Department of Justice, and state and local agencies on a coordinated oversight response.

In support of the OIG's primary emphasis on preventing fraud, we have designated audit and investigative staff who have specific experience with the key DOL programs that will be most heavily impacted. The OIG will work with state auditors responsible for oversight of Federal funds, as well as conduct our own audits and investigations. The areas of greatest concern for DOL are National Emergency Grants, Unemployment Insurance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, contracting and procurement, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's activities as part of the National Emergency Response Plan.

In order to provide timely relief, the Department waived certain authorities and the OIG is concerned with ensuring that proper controls are instituted in place of the authorities. The type and amount of DOL resources required will vary as the relief effort moves from immediate relief to longer-term recovery and reconstruction. Proper oversight will reduce the likelihood of fraud, waste, and abuse such as identity theft, undocumented workers, questioned costs, and improper payments.

The Inspector General Community is operating a Hurricane Relief Fraud Hotline for reporting fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement involving hurricane relief funds or operations. The telephone number 866-720-5721. You may also email the hotline at

Recent Department of Labor OIG Work

The following is recent work completed by the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.



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