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The Restore Act

On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded, spilling millions of barrels of crude oil in the Gulf waters.  The spill, the largest in U.S. history, closed tens of thousands of square miles of federal waters for fishing, and caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and tourism.

On July 6, 2012, the President signed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) into law.

The Act established a new Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States, known as the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund.  Under the Act, money in the Trust Fund will be available for programs, projects, and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf coast region.


To report fraud or corruption in regards to the

RESTORE Act or Gulf Coast Trust Fund

Submit an electronic hotline form,


Email the Fraud Hotline at



The Fraud Hotline is a reliable resource for people who want to do the right thing and report fraud or corruption.  Reports should be made of any fraudulent or corrupt activity, no matter where in the awards process it occurs - whether it tool place within the awarded organization, county/parish, state, or national level.

Tips received through the Fraud Hotline will be reviewed and referred for further evaluation, if warranted, to fraud investigators at the U.S. Treasury Office of the Inspector General. 

All reports can be made anonymously.




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For information about whistleblowing and reprisal and about your rights and responsibilities as a Treasury employee or contractor, please contact the OIG Whistleblower Ombudsman Program at


The Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight was established by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111-203). Council members share information about their ongoing work, with a focus on concerns that may apply to the broader financial sector and ways to improve financial oversight. The Council is made of nine financial regulatory agency Inspectors General and is chaired by Eric Thorson, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Treasury.