The Investigations Division protects the integrity of HHS programs through investigations of employee misconduct, contract and recipient fraud, waste, and abuse; to include, but not limited to bribery, theft, and egregious acts against the HHS system and programs. It also analyzes trends and patterns of behavior, and refers cases for Administrative Disqualification Hearings and prosecution to appropriate state or federal regulatory and law enforcement authorities. Additionally, the Investigations Division conducts personnel investigations at the State Supported Living Centers and State Hospitals, as well as within the HHS system.
Law Enforcement commissioned and non-commissioned investigators conduct criminal investigations of State Supported Living Centers and State Hospitals violations, and Electronic Benefits Transfers misuse. The two units in this directorate are the State Centers Investigative Team and the Electronic Benefit Transfer Trafficking Unit.
The Training directorate develops modules for investigators, which are designed to increase knowledge and skills, with guidance from the OIG’s Professional Development team.