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Department of Education OIG

The United States Department of Education (Department) Office of Inspector General conducts independent and objective audits, investigations, and other activities to promote the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of the Department's programs and operations. We deliver valuable products to encourage fiscal integrity and continuing improvement in program delivery and effectiveness, while also maximizing our efforts to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

Abbreviation: 
ED
Agencies Overseen: 
What to Report to the OIG Hotline: 

Violations of Federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to U.S. Department of Education programs and funding, including complaints involving U.S. Department of Education employees, recipients of Department of Education funds, schools, school officials, other educational institutions, contractors, lending institutions, collections agencies, or public officials. This includes, but not limited to:

• Embezzlement, bribery, or other public corruption involving U.S. Department of Education funds
• Serious mismanagement involving U.S. Department of Education programs or funds
• Theft or misuse of Federal student aid
• Knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse involving a financial aid administrator or other school official(s)
• Knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse involving a student loan servicer or collection agency
• Knowledge that your school is not complying with regulations or laws involving Federal student aid or other U.S. Department of Education program or operation
• Whistleblower reprisal (if you are a U.S. Department of Education employee, also report reprisal to the Office of Special Counsel)
• Conflicts of interest
• Contract and procurement irregularities
• Theft or abuse of government property
• U.S. Department of Education employee misconduct
• Ethics violations by U.S. Department of Education officials
• Unauthorized access to U.S. Department of Education Information Technology systems or Information Technology systems that involves administration or disbursement of U.S. Department of Education funds.

What Not to report to the OIG Hotline : 

If your complaint or allegation does not involve fraud, waste, theft, mismanagement, public corruption, or abuse involving U.S. Department of Education programs or funds, you may need to contact another U.S. Department of Education office or Federal or State agency for assistance. If your complaint or allegation falls under one of the categories below, please contact the agency or organization listed for assistance.

If you have been unable to solve a problem that is not a result of theft or fraud involving your Federal student loan:
• Please contact the FSA Ombudsman’s Office at 1-877-557-2575 (TDD - 1-800-848-0983) or https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman. The FSA Ombudsman’s Office is a neutral, informal, and confidential resource to help resolve disputes about your Federal student loans.
If you have an issue with your private student loan, or another private financial product or service:
• Please contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at 1-800-411-2372 or http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/#student-loan. You can submit a complaint about private student loans, which are often issued by a bank, a credit union, your school, or another lending institution.

If you believe an improper accounting error occurred on your student loan involving a collection agency or loan service center, or if you disagree with your loan servicer about the balance or status of your student loan:
• Please contact the FSA Ombudsman’s Office at 1-877-557-2575 (TDD - 1-800-848-0983) or https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman

If you require technical assistance regarding your student loan, mediation between your loan servicing center, or problems receiving student loan documents from your loan servicer, disability forms, or loan cancellation:
• Please contact the FSA Ombudsman’s Office at 1-877-557-2575 (TDD - 1-800-848-0983) or https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman

If the Internal Revenue Service has or will offset income tax returns, or if you believe that there has been an improper garnishment of your wages for the repayment of student loans:
• Please contact the Office of Debt Collection Services at 1-800-621-3115 (or 1-202-377-3373 or 1-202-377-3374), or find more on what you can do if you defaulted on your student loan repayment here: https://myeddebt.ed.gov/borrower/contactusSubLinks

If your school closed or your loan was cancelled as a result of a school closure:
• Please contact the FSA Ombudsman’s Office at 1-877-557-2575 (TDD-1-800-8480983) or https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman

If you have questions concerning the quality of education you received while attending a college, university, or trade school:
• Please contact your local Better Business Bureau, the school’s accrediting agency, the State licensing agency, or the State Board of Higher Education.
If your complaint involves a Head Start Program:
• Please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) OIG at 1-800-424-9121 or https://oig.hhs.gov/
If your complaint involves a school lunch program:
• Please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) OIG at http://www.usda.gov/oig/

If your complaint involves discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference:
• Please contact the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights – 1-800-421-3481 or http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html

If you are a U.S. Department of Education employee and your complaint involves discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference:
• Please contact the U.S. Department of Education Equal Employment Opportunity Service Office -
1-800-872-5327 or https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/om/fs_po/om/eeo.html

If your complaint involves a scholarship scam—someone calling to offer you a scholarship and requesting your bank or credit card account number for a processing fee—do not share any information and immediately
• Contact the Federal Trade Commission - 1-877-FTC-HELP or http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams