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Semiannual Report to Congress: for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 1998

April 30, 1998

1998 Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress

During this reporting period, the Office of Inspector General continued to advise Headquarters and field managers of opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department's management controls, with particular emphasis on coverage of issues addressed in the Department's Strategic Plan. We also have supported the Department's streamlining initiatives by evaluating the cost effectiveness and overall efficiency of Department programs and operations, placing special emphasis on key issue areas which have historically benefited from Office of Inspector General attention. For example, in this and prior periods, we have concentrated on reviewing performance-based contracts, performance outcomes, cost reduction incentive programs, and performance information systems. We view these efforts as assisting the Department in implementing the Government Performance and Results Act (the Results Act), which requires the Department to establish strategic planning and performance measurement.