Oct. 20, 2021

Audit of Cost-Reimbursement Contracts

The OIG’s Audit of Cost-Reimbursement Contracts revealed several deficiencies that had the potential to impact the agency’s ability to determine whether cost-reimbursement contract costs are allowable, allocable, and reasonable through the performance of due diligence regarding invoice review. The OIG found ineffective and inefficient processes by the Contracting Officer Representatives and non-compliance with contract clauses and insufficient billing documentation. The OIG questioned approximately $227 million in labor charges and more than $226,000 in travel charges.

Oct. 20, 2021

Audit of the Agency’s Parking and Transportation Initiatives

The Audit of the Agency’s Parking and Transportation Initiatives found that the NSA Washington (NSAW) had not identified parking as a priority at its Fort Meade, Md., location and failed to implement solutions to minimize an ongoing parking shortage. The report recounted how, for decades, NSAW employees have expressed concerns about parking. Nevertheless, the OIG found that the agency’s parking and transportation initiatives lacked sufficient goals, plans, and strategies, and that those initiatives had basic internal control deficiencies such as the lack of a consistent process for developing, approving, and implementing initiatives. This resulted in projects being demolished, inoperable, or only partially implemented, limiting or eliminating their value to the agency and negatively affecting employee morale.

July 14, 2021

Semiannual Report to Congress, 1 October 2020 – 31 March 2021

The unclassified version of the SAR covers the period from October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, and reflects what the NSA OIG could release publicly about its work for that reporting period. The OIG issued 16 oversight products during the period, making 256 recommendations that we believe will be impactful in improving the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of this critical Agency's operations. NSA's management agreed with all OIG recommendations that were made during the reporting period. The Director of the NSA and Congress previously received the classified version of the SAR in accordance with the IG Act.

June 10, 2021

Audit of National Security Agency’s Facilities and Logistics Service Contract

National Security Agency (NSA) Inspector General Robert P. Storch announced today the release of an unclassified version of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Audit of the Agency’s Facilities and Logistics Service Contract. The OIG identified concerns with respect to controls and oversight of the more than $400 million contract. Specifically, the OIG found that the NSA did not have sufficient controls in place to ensure proper award and administration of the FY2016 contract, which was issued in 2015 for a five-year period of performance. The Agency did not properly prepare for the contract award and did not document the contract file sufficiently to support the sole-source award to an Alaska Native Corporation and participant in the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program. In addition, the NSA modified the contract by adding over $35 million in property services that were not a part of the original contract requirements. Moreover, the OIG found the Agency did not have sufficient guidance and procedures in place to manage hybrid contract funding; had not evaluated the contractor’s performance; and did not have the metrics necessary to measure such performance. As a result of these findings, the OIG concluded that the NSA may have improperly awarded the contract; caused an out-of-scope modification; and could exceed the contract funding requirements before the end of the period of performance. The OIG made 13 recommendations to assist the NSA in addressing the issues identified in the report. In response and subsequent to the report’s issuance, the Agency provided planned actions that, if completed, will meet the intent of the recommendations.

March 9, 2021

Information Technology Company Owner and Former NSA Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked on a Government Contract

The National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland announced that a federal grand jury has indicated a NSA contractor on federal charges of submitting false claims and making false statements, in connection with the hours claimed to have been worked on a federal contract.

Feb. 10, 2021

Semiannual Report to Congress, 1 April 2020 - 30 September 2020

The unclassified version of the SAR covers the period from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020, and reflects what the NSA OIG could release publicly about its work for that reporting period. The OIG issued 11 oversight products during the period, making 221 recommendations to assist the Agency in addressing the findings and deficiencies identified. NSA's management agreed with all but one OIG recommendation that was made during the reporting period (and has subsequently indicated that it intends to take action sufficient to meet the intent of that recommendation as well). The Director of the NSA and Congress received the classified version of the SAR in accordance with the IG Act.

Jan. 19, 2021

Foreign-Language Training Companies Admit to Participating in Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

On 19 January 2021, the National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that two providers of foreign-language services were charged with participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United States. Both providers entered into deferred prosecution agreements in which they agreed to pay a total of more than $340,000 in criminal penalties and victim compensation.

Jan. 6, 2021

Review of the Agency’s Implementation of Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

The National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the unclassified report on its review of the Agency’s Implementation of Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.

Oct. 28, 2020

Audit of the Agency’s Retention Incentive Program

The National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an unclassified summary of its Audit of the Agency's Retention Incentive Program.

Sept. 2, 2020

Semiannual Report to Congress, 1 October 2019 - 31 March 2020

The unclassified version of the SAR covers the period from October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, and reflects what the NSA OIG could release publicly about its work for that reporting period. The OIG issued 10 reports and oversight memoranda during the period, making 94 recommendations to assist the Agency in addressing the findings and deficiencies identified. NSA's management agreed with all OIG recommendations made during this period. The Director of the NSA and Congress received the classified version of the SAR in accordance with the IG Act.