Corporate Compliance

Q: How much does an OIG advisory opinion cost?

Compliance Monitor, November 26, 2008

 Q: How much does it cost to request an OIG advisory opinion?

 A: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is required by statute to collect a fee for preparing an advisory opinion. The statute provides no exceptions to the fee requirement, which is $86 per hour for the preparation of an opinion. The actual cost of an opinion will vary based upon the amount of work required to prepare the opinion. All fees must be paid via electronic funds transfer pursuant to instructions provided by the OIG. The total cost of the opinion must be paid in full before the opinion is issued.

You can set a cap by designating a “triggering” dollar amount. A triggering dollar amount is the maximum amount you are willing to spend on an advisory opinion. If you designate a triggering dollar amount, the OIG will stop processing your request and notify you if the costs have reached, or are likely to exceed, the amount you designate. At that point, you can withdraw the request (you remain liable for the fees incurred) or notify the OIG that you would like it continue processing the request. If you tell the OIG to proceed, you will be agreeing to pay the fee even though it may exceed your triggering amount.

This question and answer appear on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the OIG Web site.

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