The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has statutory law enforcement authority with the primary focus of preventing fraud, waste and abuse. We are committed to addressing allegations in a fair and objective manner following the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Quality Standards for Investigations. In general, we focus our investigations into possible violations of federal, state and local laws or regulations in the administration of HUD programs and activities, or misconduct on the part of HUD employees and/or the recipients of HUD funds. Common fraud schemes seen in HUD programs may be found here.
Investigations may result in criminal charges, civil complaints, and administrative sanctions and decisions. Criminal charges filed against individuals or entities may result in criminal prosecutions, plea agreements, incarceration, restitutions, fines, and penalties. Civil claims can lead to settlements or verdicts with restitutions, fines, penalties, forfeitures, assessments, exclusion of individuals or entities from participation in federal programs, administrative sanctions and personnel actions.