What is the Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is a Federal Cabinet-level agency whose mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The Department of Education was created in 1980. ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues and Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

What is the Dept. of Education OIG

The Department of Education Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was created pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978 to provide oversight at preventing inefficient or unlawful operations within the Department of Education.
OIG Special Agents are Criminal Investigators and Federal Law Enforcement Officers pursuant to Section 6(e)(3) of the IG Act of 1978 and are trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia.

What Does the Dept Education OIG Investigate

The Department of Education Office of the Inspector General conducts criminal and civil investigations covering a wide range of wrongdoing,
including Federal student aid fraud, diploma mill schemes, fraud and corruption in after school programs, and fraudulent billing of contracts.

ED OIG special agents conduct criminal investigations of suspected fraudulent activities by ED employees, contractors, grant recipients, school officials, teachers, and students – in essence by any entity or individual that awards, disburses, or receives ED funds or participates in ED programs.

What’s the authority of Dept. Education  OIG?

ED OIG special agents exercise full law enforcement authority – carrying firearms, applying for and executing arrest and search warrants, and taking sworn statements.
Our special agents also employ the full spectrum of traditional law enforcement techniques, such as conducting surveillance and undercover operations.

ED OIG special agents work side-by-side with their colleagues in other law enforcement agencies, as well as with Federal, State, and local prosecutors.


24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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