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Follow-up on Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
OIG evaluated SITC’s corrective actions from a prior audit report and the controls over the identification of internet sales of prohibited products for calendar year 2019.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Revise PAA project selection procedures to include consideration for reviews of prior external audits to ensure corrective actions have been effective.

Define the metrics such as benchmarks and performance measures that will measure SITC’s effectiveness at meeting its mission to address prior audit Recommendation 1.

Develop and implement oversight procedures for SITC management and supervisors to periodically review benchmarks and performance metrics and implement corrective actions if the metrics are not being achieved to address prior audit Recommendation 2.

Require supervisors to periodically review SITC officers’ adherence to SITC requirements in selecting markets to visit to address prior audit Recommendations 4, 5, and 8. The supervisor reviews should include monitoring whether SITC officers perform timely follow-up market
surveys at higher-risk markets and implement appropriate corrective actions, if needed.

Implement procedures for SITC supervisors to require compliance checks to ensure that the previously identified pathways were closed to address prior audit Recommendation 9.