How Were We Created?
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was administratively established by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1962 following a major criminal fraud scandal affecting several agencies within USDA. OIG was later legislatively established by Congress under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. In April 2016, the Office of Data Sciences (ODS) was established within OIG, to conduct data mining and analytics activities to enhance OIG’s oversight of the Department’s agencies and programs.
What Do We Do?
ODS conducts predictive data analysis, statistical sampling, modeling, computer matching, data mining, and data warehousing to support each of OIG’s units with their missions as they relate to the oversight of USDA programs and operations. Using data analytics, ODS discovers potential fraud patterns and identifies anomalies in programs for further review.