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The Office of Investigations carries out a nationwide program to prevent, detect, and investigate criminal, civil, or administrative wrongdoing and misconduct by FDIC employees and contractors. OI also assists in responding to OIG Hotline allegations of suspected fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. OIG investigations typically involve bank fraud, wire fraud, procurement fraud, securities fraud, fraudulent representations of the FDIC insurance, money laundering, obstruction of bank examinations, criminal concealment of assets, theft of government property, and employee misconduct. 

OIG investigative efforts are concentrated on those cases of most significance or potential impact to the FDIC and its programs. The goal, in part, is to a halt the fraudulent conduct under investigation, protect the FDIC and other victims from further harm, and assist the FDIC in recovery of its losses. Pursuing appropriate criminal penalties not only serves to punish the offender but can also deter others from participating in similar crimes. 

OI maintains close and continuous working relationships with the U.S. Department of Justice; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; other Offices of Inspector General; and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. OI participates in numerous working groups throughout the country to keep current with emerging issues and trends affecting the FDIC and the banking system.

The FDIC OIG is publicly posting its policy on Body Worn Cameras pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety (May 25, 2022) 

Find out more about the Office of Investigations: 

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(Current as of April 19, 2022)

FDIC OIG Investigations


In addition to its headquarters and regional presence, OI operates an Electronic Crimes Unit (ECU) and forensic laboratory.  The ECU is responsible for conducting computer-related investigations impacting the FDIC and providing computer forensic support to OI investigations nationwide.

What Standards Guide Us?

Quality Standards for Investigations (QSI) provide a framework for conducting high-quality investigations for OIGs affiliated with the CIGIE.

The QSI categorize investigative standards as General and Qualitative. General Standards address qualifications, independence, and due professional care. Qualitative Standards focus on investigative planning, execution, reporting, and information management.

 General Standards for Investigations