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Election Assistance Commission OIG

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent division of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The OIG was created in 2005 and operates under the authorities vested in it by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. The mission of the OIG is to enhance the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of EAC’s operations by: conducting audits, reviews, evaluations and assessments of EAC programs and operations; detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of EAC programs; promoting better EAC management; preserving and protecting EAC employee and program integrity; and communicating with the Commission and Congress to keep them fully informed of the status of EAC administration and operations and the need for and progress of corrective actions.

Agencies Overseen: 

Election Assistance Commission

What to Report to the OIG Hotline: 

• Waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement in EAC programs
• Irregularities involving a recipient of funds distributed by EAC
• Serious wrongdoing or gross mismanagement at EAC
• Retaliation or whistleblower reprisal due to disclosure of wrongdoing by an EAC supervisor or EAC management

What Not to report to the OIG Hotline : 

The EAC OIG generally does NOT investigate the following matters:

• Voter fraud (for example, ineligible persons voting, eligible persons voting more than once, persons voting under a false identity, etc.)
• Voter registration abnormalities
• Election irregularities (for example, vote tampering, voter suppression, mishandling of ballots, etc.)
• Campaign financing issues (report such issues to the Federal Election Commission,
• 911 Emergencies
• Equal Employment Opportunity complaints

Under the U.S. Constitution, the responsibility for administering elections is reserved specifically to the states. Any problems concerning administration of elections should generally be reported to your local election board, state election official (see for an interactive map with links to your state election official), or, if you suspect criminal behavior, your State Police or state Attorney General. The only Federal agency with jurisdiction to investigate election-related crime is the Department of Justice, which you may contact via your local Assistant United States Attorney ( ) or your local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.