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Staff members also were expected to contribute their own personal funds to conduct the fundraisers, the letter states, adding that “other employees felt intimidated to spend their personal funds to support these fundraisers.”

Former investigators from the OIO cautioned that the time lapse between the agency’s investigation and further communication from the inspector general's office is not uncommon. They also warned that in some instances, the inspector general's office specifically asks a unit like the Office of Integrity and Oversight to investigate its own agency, a practice that has drawn scrutiny and criticism for shifting investigative responsibility to entities with incentive to downplay their findings.