Office of Inspector General (OIG)

CPSC's Office of Inspector General was established on April 9, 1989, in accordance with the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988, Public Law 100-504. The legislation established Offices of Inspector General in several departments and thirty-three agencies, including CPSC. The law gives the IG the power to act independently: the IG cannot be prevented from initiating, carrying out, or completing an audit or investigation, or from issuing any subpoena; has access to all records of the agency; reports directly to Congress; and can only be removed by the Chairman, who must promptly advise Congress of the reasons for the removal.

Read the Inspector General's Vision Statement

CPSC's Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigates reports of waste, fraud,and mismanagement.

The OIG is responsible for

  • conducting audits and investigations;
  • reviewing legislation;
  • recommending policies to promote efficiency and effectiveness; and
  • preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in the operations of the agency.
Inspector General (IG)

Christopher W. Dentel was appointed the Inspector General for the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2004.

About Mr. Dentel

Mr. Dentel has worked for the Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Inspector General (OIG) since 2002. Initially, he was Counsel to the Inspector General with special responsibilities over all investigations.

Before joining the OIG, Mr. Dentel served on active duty in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1993 to 2001. From 1999 to 2001 he served at the Contract Law Directorate for the Air Force. There he advised senior officers responsible for the procurement of millions of dollars of goods and services regarding all aspects of the contracting process, including: fraud prevention, labor law, strategy, source selection, claims, terminations, ratifications, and disputes. He defended the United States in various forums including before the General Accountability Office, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and in agency level protests. His duties included advising U.S. Attorneys on fraud actions and serving as the Air Force-wide point of contact for mistakes-in-bid.

From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Dentel served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force at Little Rock and Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio's, United States Attorney's Office. He prosecuted criminal trials, both trials by courts-martial and trials in Federal Magistrate's Court. He represented the US before administrative boards and agencies including the EEOC, Merit System Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Merit System Protection Board. He also advised Inspector General, Security Forces, and Office of Special Investigations personnel on evidentiary, investigative, and jurisdictional issues.

Government employees and employees of federal contractors are protected from reprisal. Your identity will held in confidence, unless the Inspector General determines the disclosure to be unavoidable.

You can also use our general contact form to send an e-mail the OIG.

Report an act you believe to be wasteful or fraudulent.

There are three ways to contact CPSC's OIG

Fraud can also be reported using the General Accounting Office's Fraudnet website.

Contact CPSC's IG

Phone: (301) 504-7906

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IG Reports Below are documents related to recent audits conducted by the Office of the Inspector General
Date Links for reports
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Semiannual Report to Congress – October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017 CPSC FY 2016 IPERA Report
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Audit of the Government Purchase Card Program
Friday, March 17, 2017 Data Act Readiness Review
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 FY 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act Review
Monday, November 14, 2016 Financial Statement Audit FY16
Sunday, August 14, 2016 Cybersecurity Act Report
Friday, May 13, 2016 CPSC FY 2015 IPERIA Report
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 FY 2014 Travel Program Audit Report
Friday, January 22, 2016 FY 2014 Import Surveillance Program Review Report
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 FY 2015 Federal Information Security Management Act Review Report (FISMA)
Friday, November 13, 2015 Audit of the CPSC FY 2015 Financial Statement
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Audit of the Freedom of Information Act Program
Monday, August 3, 2015 Audit of the Collection of Civil Penalties
Friday, May 15, 2015 OIG IPERA Review FY 2014 Inspection Report
Friday, March 27, 2015 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Report to Congress (March 2015)
Monday, February 23, 2015 FY 2013 CPSC Third Party Lab Accreditation Program Performance Audit
Monday, December 15, 2014 GPRA Final Audit Report 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014 Audit of the CPSC FY 2014 Financial Statement
Friday, November 14, 2014 FY 2014 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Evaluation
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Evaluation of the CPSC's Dealings with Employee Debt
Friday, September 12, 2014 Fiscal Year 2014 Risk Assessment of the CPSC'€™s Government Charge Cards Program
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 OIG Performance Audit of Information Technology Investment Management
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 CPSC Performance Audit of Performance and Incentive Awards and Within-Grade Increases Program
Monday, April 14, 2014 IPERA Review Program FY 2013 Inspection Report
Monday, March 24, 2014 Audit of the CPSC's Federal Transit Benefit Program
Monday, December 16, 2013 Financial Statement Audit Report FY 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013 Federal Information Security Management Act 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Report to Congress 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013 Travel Card Audit FY 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013 Performance Audit of Compliance With Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Follow-up Audit of the CPSCs Information Technology Investment Maturity
Friday, November 16, 2012 Independent Audit Report, Consumer Product Safety Commission's FY 2012 Financial Statements
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Federal Information Security Management Act Report
Sunday, September 30, 2012 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Report to Congress 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012 Follow-Up Review of the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Laboratory Accreditation Program
Friday, September 21, 2012 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Section 212 Statutory Compliance Audit
Monday, August 27, 2012 Audit of CPSC's Purchase Card Program
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Consumer Product Safety Risk Management System Information Security Review Report
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Letter to Office of Management and Budget on Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) Review
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 CPSC Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Statements
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Federal Information Security Management Act Report
Thursday, March 31, 2011 Performance Audit of the CPSC's Purchase Card Program
Friday, January 14, 2011 2010 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Report to Congress
Friday, December 10, 2010 Review of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Laboratory Accreditation Program
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Federal Information Security Management Act Report
Monday, November 15, 2010 CPSC Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Statements
Friday, October 15, 2010 Performance Audit of Information Technology Investment Management
Thursday, September 30, 2010 Review of the CPSC's Implementation of the Federal Transit Benefit Program
Friday, December 18, 2009 Audit of the CPSC Privacy Program
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Federal Information Security Management Act Report
Friday, November 13, 2009 CPSC Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Statements
Thursday, July 31, 2003 Occupant Emergency Program