From an official press release issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the NSA:
The National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General (NSA OIG) announced today the launch of its new, independent website – sharing much more information with the public about its work.
“Our goal is to be as transparent as possible in informing people about the work of the NSA OIG in conducting effective, independent oversight over the Agency,” said Inspector General Robert P. Storch, NSA’s first Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed IG.
Among the website’s features:
· a detailed section about whistleblower rights and protections to help people feel comfortable coming forward if they have information about what they reasonably believe to be wrongdoing;
· background on how NSA came to have a Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed IG;
· an interview with an OIG senior investigator describing her work;
· a video in which IG Storch emphasizes the significance of OIG’s independence and transparency in its work at NSA, “a big federal agency, with important responsibilities,…funded by a lot of taxpayer dollars”; and
· statistics highlighting financial savings from OIG’s recommendations and proposed recoupments.
The website also includes the unclassified NSA OIG Semi-Annual Report to Congress (SAR) for the period ending March 31, 2018. The NSA OIG publicly released the unclassified SAR in July on Oversight.gov, an aggregator website maintained by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). That posting was another first for NSA OIG, which plans to release a public version of its SAR twice every year.
NSA OIG conducts independent audits, investigations, inspections, and special studies that promote the integrity and efficiency of Agency operations. It intends to regularly publish information about its work on its independent, public website.
“Rigorous oversight by NSA OIG benefits the Agency and the public,” Storch said. “We’re focused on driving positive change and improvements at the NSA, which, as its name implies, has a critical mission to defend and protect our national security.”