April 29, 2005Dear Madam Secretary:I am pleased to submit to you, in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452, as amended, section 5(b)), this semiannual report on the activities of the Department's Office of Inspector General for the six-month period ending March 31, 2005.This report highlights our most significant work from the last six months, reflecting our strongcommitment and valuable role in assisting the Department in improving its programs and ensuringtheir integrity. We look forward to continuing to work with you towards these goals.The Inspector General Act requires you to transmit this report within 30 days to the appropriateCongressional committees and subcommittees, together with a report containing any comments youwish to make. Your report should also include the statistical tables specific in section 5(b)(2) and(3), and a statement with respect to audit reports on which management decisions have been made, but final action has not been taken, as specified in section 5(b)(4).Sincerely,John P. Higgins, Jr.Enclosure
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