We are dedicated professionals who understand the importance of TVA's role and TVA's impact on the quality of life in the Tennessee Valley, and as such, know that our mission "to make TVA better" really matters.

We believe that achieving outstanding performance requires building and maintaining strong, trusting relationships with TVA and with each other. We know that these relationships require demonstration of our knowledge, skills, integrity in the work we do, and open and honest communication. We are driven to identify opportunities for improvement for TVA, the TVA OIG, and ourselves. We do this because it is important, because it is the right thing to do, and because it is who we are.

Ranked One of The Best Places To Work In The Federal Government

The TVA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the non-profit Partnership for Public Service. The TVA OIG ranked 1st in 2019 out of over 400 other federal agency subcomponents.

The ranking is based on the annual Employee Viewpoint Survey of federal government employees by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Our OIG team has worked extremely hard to create and sustain a productive work environment that is focused on making TVA better,
said Deputy Inspector Jill Matthews, "It is an honor to be named as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. I am very proud of our engaged and dedicated team that is focused on providing an independent perspective of TVA operations. Our office is proud to help TVA become better for the good of the people of the Tennessee Valley."

2019 TVA OIG Employee Survey

Our Values

  • We perform our work and report our results free from prejudice, bias, outside influence or conflict of interest.
  • We provide accurate, objective information to our stakeholders and make recommendations to TVA; however, we do not make decisions for TVA.
  • We maintain our independence both in fact and appearance.
  • We are honest and truthful and do not embellish the truth or leave out pertinent information.
  • We honor and protect the confidentiality of information.
  • We perform our best work and act in the best interest of our teammates, OIG, and TVA.
  • We comply with and encourage others to abide by laws, regulations, and applicable ethical standards.
  • We solicit counsel on ethical questions as quickly as possible when ethical questions arise.
  • We engage in clear, regular and timely communications.
  • We clarify expectations up front and clearly communicate "why".
  • We seek and value differing opinions, ideas and approaches.
  • We actively listen to improve mutual understanding of others' points of view and intentions.
  • We extend trust and focus on maintaining trust and, where needed, restoring trust.
  • We share our knowledge and information (as appropriate) to help each other be successful.
  • We acknowledge the role and value each person brings to the team.
  • When a conflict arises, we speak directly with the individual to resolve the conflict and do not speak negatively about others.
  • We accept responsibility for our behaviors, actions, and results.
  • We keep our commitments.
  • We inform people early if we encounter barriers to meet commitments.
  • We hold each other responsible to model the OIG Behaviors.
  • We learn from both our successes and mistakes and share lessons learned with each other. We do this by voluntarily sharing with our team our mistakes, frustrations, and failures, as well as our insights and best practices, so we all learn and continually improve.
  • We ask for, give, and apply feedback (both praise and constructive) to continually get better.
  • We seek opportunities to increase skills and knowledge and identify better ways to perform our work.
  • We address problems by identifying root causes and offering solutions.

We are a high performance work team that achieves OIG strategic objectives through operational excellence and modeling our values and behaviors every day.

The TVA OIG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age. Any applicant or employee who believes he or she has a discrimination claim - to include harassment or retaliation - must contact TVA's Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days in order to file a claim.