Dear Association Members and Friends,
“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.”
In recent testimony before the Louisiana Legislature, I was called upon – again – to explain why the Louisiana Inspector General is not only a wise, but critical investment for the citizens of Louisiana. After covering the various aspects of what we do, including numerous successful criminal corruption cases, I decided to boil it down to a simple analogy. The Inspector General is like a plug in the bottom of a fishing boat. At most boating or outdoors stores, you can purchase such a plug for $20 or less. If you decide not to purchase that plug, you can save $20 in the short term. But, common sense says that the absence of that plug will soon cost you a great deal more. That analogy applies to alloffices of inspectors general. Any short term savings achieved by cutting or eliminating IGs is exponentially outweighed by the undetected fraud, waste and corruption that is sure to result. Simply put, what we do adds value, and it would be foolish to reduce or eliminate the essential oversight that IGs provide.