The OIG has issued its Semiannual Report to Congress for the period of October 2010 through March 2011.  The OIG reports $3.4 billion in new expected recoveries during this period related to its investigations, audits, and other reviews, mainly involving the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The bulk of the recoveries($3.2 billion) is attributable to 349 criminal and 197 civil actions concluded during this period. The OIG also excluded 883 individuals and entities from participating in federal health care programs during this time frame. The report also provides an update on:  major OIG enforcement initiatives (including Medicare Strike Force teams); significant settlement agreements; investigative and audit findings; and education and outreach efforts.