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President’s Message

imgStateInspectorDear Association Members and Friends,

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

 I am confident that 2016 will be one of the best years yet for AIG.  Our certification institutes and conferences continue to operate with great success.  The March 2016 institute in Jacksonville is nearing capacity.  An online training program is in development and appears promising.  And, though it seems hard to believe, 2016 will mark AIG’s 20th Anniversary, which we will celebrate at our conference in Boston this Fall.  It’s amazing how far we’ve come in 20 years.  I believe that is a direct result of the quality and caliber of those from the IG community who have selflessly invested their time and energies over the years to make AIG the very best that it can be.  As President, I am grateful for each and every one of you, past and present, and proud to call you my colleagues.

Among those dedicated people are six newly-elected Board of Directors members, announced at the AIG Board meeting in Detroit last October.  All below were elected to serve three-year terms:

  • Mary Cagle, Miami-Dade County Inspector General
  • John Carey, Palm Beach County Inspector General
  • David Holmgren, Deputy Inspector General, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • June Jennings, Virginia Inspector General
  • Daniel Lucas, District of Columbia Inspector General
  • Natalie Monroe, First Assistant Inspector General, Massachusetts Inspector General

We are fortunate to have such distinguished members of the IG community join our Board of Directors.  We asked each of them to provide a biography; and to give us their thoughts on why they ran for the Board, the importance of the AIG, and what they would like to accomplish while serving on the BoardTheir responses make up this edition of the IG News. Click here for member access to the IG News

As President, I am very much looking forward to the contributions they will make in the coming years.  Please join me in welcoming them to the Board!  And, please continue lending your time and expertise to AIG.  It is the fuel that keeps us going.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, I remain

Very Respectfully,

Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President

2016 Summer Institute to be Held in Chicago

aiginstituteThe 2016 Summer Inspectors General Institute will be held in Chicago on July 25 to 29, 2016.

We will begin accepting applications on April 25th.

Please note, the recent Jacksonville Institute sold out. We strongly recommend that you submit your applications early!

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: http://inspectorsgeneral.org/conferences/

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.