President’s Message

imgStateInspectorDear Association Members and Friends,

There are times when it is appropriate for the AIG to take a public stand.  On November 19, 2015, I signed a letter on behalf of AIG to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the Senate Judiciary, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees in Washington D.C. to address an issue of great importance to the community of Inspectors General.  Click here to see a copy of the November 19, 2015 letter.

Important Notice to Certification Holders

The AIG membership year for 2015/16 began on July 1st.

If you are certified by the Association as a “CIG”, “CIGA” or “CIGI”, you must maintain membership as part of the requirements of keeping your certification in “active status”.

President’s Message

Dear Association Members and Friends,

“Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.” (Nelson Rockefeller)

While spending a week in Detroit for the AIG Board Meeting and Fall Conference, it occurred to me that the city would not be where it is today but for the problems it has experienced over the past 15 years.  Among those problems were financial insolvency, bankruptcy and many high profile public corruption prosecutions that resulted in city leaders being sent to prison.  But, like the sun breaking through after a storm, out of those problems arose opportunities and rebirth.  It is gratifying to see how the people of Detroit have enthusiastically seized those opportunities to turn the city around.  The evidence is plain to see.  You can see it walking the streets and feel it talking to the people.  The dawn of a new day in Detroit became especially evident, in part, because of the creation and empowerment of a City Inspector General.  That’s called putting your money where your mouth is, and it made the decision to bring the 2015 AIG Fall Conference to Detroit an easy one.

By all measures, this year’s Fall Conference was a great success, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the attendees, speakers and exhibitors.  Thanks again to AIG Executive Director Phil Zisman and his staff, and Professor Ned Benton and the folks at John Jay College for their hard work and support of AIG.  I especially want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Detroit IG James Heath, Deputy IG Kamau Marable and their staff for everything they did to make this conference a success.  One recurring theme from Detroit is that the IG profession is noble and valuable.  It was good for everyone to be reminded of that.

President’s Message

Dear Association Members and Friends,

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” (Mark Twain)

Anyone who has spent any time in the Inspector General business knows what it is like to see a false narrative catch fire and spread, like a match to dry leaves. Many times this will occur before we have had a chance to gather any facts. Sometimes it will happen when we are not in a position to correct the record because an investigation is still ongoing. Over the years, I have learned through personal experience and observing the world around me that the truth has become an increasingly rare commodity. In 1996, Richard Jewell was falsely accused of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing. We all remember the Duke Lacrosse case in 2006. More recently, most of you know about the article published in Rolling Stone last November alleging that a gang rape occurred at a University of Virginia fraternity house. Rolling Stone retracted that story after numerous media outlets and an independent review by the Columbia School of Journalism demonstrated it to be unreliable. One person who was interviewed about the story said the following:

“The thing is, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, because whether this one incident is true, there’s still a huge problem with sexual assault in the United States.”

Candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors Election

The Nominations Committee has certified 18 candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors Election. There are 11 positions available. The election will be held in electronic format from September 21 – September 25, 2015. To be eligible to vote, you must have been a member of the National Association for at least one year. Voters will receive notice of the ballot via email.

For a list of the candidates and to see their biographical information, please click on read more.

Registration Now Open! AIG 2015 Conference In Detroit From Oct 21st – 23rd

We are glad to announce that Association of Inspectors General’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held in Detroit from October 21st – 23rd, 2015. The Conference will be hosted by Detroit’s Office Of Inspectors General at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center. The registration for the conference is now open and we are also accepting exhibitors. For more information regarding the conference and how to register, please visit:

President’s Message

Dear Association Members and Friends,

“You have enemies? Good. That means that you stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
(Winston Churchill)

A few years ago, I taught a class for some John Jay College students who all had designs on one day becoming an Inspector General. I asked them if they truly understood what they were signing up for. Were they willing to stand up for what was right, alone if necessary? Even if it meant making enemies? My advice to them was that if their answer to any of those questions was “no”, then they needed to pick another career. Shortly after I was appointed as Louisiana State Inspector General back in 2008, former Massachusetts and New Orleans IG Robert Cerasoli told me: “Stephen, if you do this job right, they will eventually try to shut you down.” Sure enough, in 2012 it happened, and there was a high-profile fight for the survival of the Louisiana IG. We won that fight with the help of ordinary citizens, good government groups, and a lot of media coverage. I am still here, still vigilant, and still doing my best to “do the job right” one day at a time.

President’s Message

Dear Association Members and Friends,

“Things are not always what they seem.”
 (Phaedrus, Roman Fable Writer, 50 AD)

Many times over the course of my career trying criminal cases, I quoted these words to criminal juries as a means of getting them to carefully examine and test evidence, rather than accepting things at face value.  Today, in January of 2015, they take on new and special relevance for me as the Inspector General from the State of Louisiana, and now, the newly elected President of the Association of Inspectors General.