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President’s Message

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Dear Association Members and Friends,

 “We are the flank.”

(Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 20th Maine Regiment, at the Battle of Gettysburg)

On July 2, 1863, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain uttered these words as he and his men prepared to defend Little Round Top at Gettysburg.  Colonel Chamberlain had his men look to their left.  There was no one there.  They were the flank!  They were outnumbered and had limited resources, but could not withdraw under any condition.  Withdraw, and the flank of the entire Union Army would collapse.  Withdraw, and the course of American history might have been very different.  Those of you who are history buffs know what happened: Chamberlain and his 20th Maine defended that ground against repeated charges of what should have been an overwhelming Confederate force. Finally, when they had no more ammunition for their muskets, Chamberlain’s men fixed bayonets and charged down the hill themselves. Against all odds, they held their ground¸ and won a victory that probably changed the course of the American Civil War.

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to announce the election of three new members to our Board of Directors:

  • Glenda Arrington, Inspector General, Defense Media Activity
  • Nicholas J. Schuler, Inspector General, Chicago Board of Education
  • Kim Widup, Retired U.S. Marshal

They will serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2017

Chicago IG Institute SOLD OUT!

We thank the Inspector General Community for recognizing the value of the IG Institute and for your continued support.
The next Institute will be held in Jacksonville, FL on March 20 – 24, 2017.

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.”