President’s Message

AIG President Melinda Miguel

Dear Association Members and Friends,

I hope you enjoyed the summer. July and August were very busy for the Association, as we completed our 2014/15 membership drive, conducted our summer 2014 Inspector General Institute® and planned for the October 22-24, 2014 National Training symposium in Newark, NJ. Here are some of the highlights:

First, based on preliminary numbers, I’m pleased to report that we now have over 1,100 members of the Association. It is clear that the professionals working within the inspector general community recognize the value that the Association provides through our training and networking opportunities. The Association is dedicated to serving the growing inspector general community, and we are very gratified by the support that we continue to receive through your membership.

Second, our Inspector General Institute® in Jacksonville, FL, was an unqualified success. We had 116 auditors, investigators and inspectors general earn their certifications from the Association. This was our largest Institute to date, and we are now busy planning the 2015 winter Institute. We should be announcing the dates and location in September. The next issue of the IG News, will be dedicate to reporting on the Jacksonville Institute.

Finally, we are very excited about our upcoming National Training symposium to be held in Newark, NJ from October 22 to 24. We are offering an exciting array of presentations on a wide variety of subjects delivered by experts in their respective fields. The presentations will cover germane topics ranging from Cyber Security to OIG Press Relations, and a special emphasis will be placed on the burgeoning field of Data Analytics.

The Training Symposium will be our largest event of the year. We anticipate well over 200 attendees at Newark representing the broad spectrum of the IG community. This annual event offers a unique opportunity to network with a wide array of oversight professionals, share information and best practices, and learn about the hot topics and trends that IG offices  currently face. Read More »

AIG 2014-15 Membership Year has Commenced

As of July 14th, the 2014-2015 AIG membership year has officially begun. Holders of the CIG™, CIGI™, or CIGA™ credential are reminded that Association membership is required to maintain accreditation, per the policy recently enacted by the Executive Board. For more information on this new policy, follow the following link.


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Announcement: The Association’s Board of Directors Election to be Held September 21 to Oct. 1, 2014

The Association will hold its annual Board of Directors election from September 21 to October 1, 2014. The Board of Directors’ Nominations Committee has approved the nominations of 20 members who will be candidates to fill 15 positions on the Board. The results of the election will be announced at the Board’s annual meeting to be held on October 21 in Newark, NJ. The newly elected Board Members will serve a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2015.

The candidates are listed below in random order, as their names will appear on the ballot.

Lise Valentine
Kenneth Bramlett
Robert Clift
Steve Pasichow
Eric Feldman
David McClintock
Britt Nichols
Roger Trca
Matthew Harris
Patra Liu
Ken Donohue
Nicholas Schuler
Pasqualino “Pat” Russo
Hector Collazo
Patrick Blanchard
Michael Kessler
David Westerling
James Heath
Lora Manon
Joseph Ferguson

Candidates’ biographical information is available on the Association’s website:

Electronic voting opens on September 21, 2014 and closes on October 1, 2014. Eligible voters who have been members of the Association for at least one year will receive the ballot with voting instructions on Thursday, September 21th via email.

For any questions concerning the election please contact me at

Phil Zisman,
Association of Inspectors General
Executive Director

IGs On the Case: AIG Board Members Featured in Article on the Growth of the IG Concept

AIG Board of Directors Members Ed Quatrevaux and Sheryl Steckler, the IG of New Orleans and the former IG of Palm Beach County, FL respectively, and AIG Executive Director Philip Zisman are featured in the current edition of Internal Auditor magazine in an article entitled IGs on the Case. The piece focuses on the growing influence of IG shops and the importance they play in stemming public fraud, waste, abuse and corruption.  A link to the article, can be accessed here.

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Forensic Auditors – Worth Their Weight in Gold

By analyzing records that had been previously reviewed both engineering and internal audit staff, the forensic auditor was able to discover a pattern of inconsistencies, that when verified, disclosed that a massive fraud existed among contractors and their workers and agency engineers charged with the responsibility for the administration of government contracts.