The INSEE Inspectorate General is in charge of assessments and audits throughout the French statistical system. It oversees the Institute's Regional Office operations.
The Inspectorate General's assessment and audit missions are usually carried out by a team with the consent and participation of the units concerned; and generate a follow-up that strengthens their impact. The missions are often designed to prepare change or to develop partnerships. They may focus on improving quality or efficiency, or on identifying best practices among foreign statistical institutes. These activities may concentrate on an information field, a procedure, or the operations of a particular unit. Members of the Inspectorate General may also perform missions in a personal capacity as senior experts.
The Inspectorate General also works to promote the implementation of INSEE strategy guidelines. The head of the Inspectorate General is required to alert the Director General and the Executive Committee to potential issues of concern regarding the operation of the official statistical system. This notably includes INSEE's enforcement of high standards for quality and efficiency, and compliance with European Union requirements.