The Association’s Board of Director’s major accomplishment at its October 21, 2014 Board of Directors meeting was the adoption of a new 5-year strategic Plan. Patra Liu, Assistant Inspector General and Legal Counsel of the Miami-Dade County, FL OIG, and long time AIG Board member, served as the chairperson of the Strategic Plan Committee, which worked for two-years on crafting the new plan. According to Ms. Liu, the work was sometime laborious and at times even a little contentious, as the committee sought to find common ground, build consensus, and resolve philosophical differences regarding the Association’s mission and priorities. Ultimately, however, the hard work paid off, and the full Board enthusiastically endorsed and approved the work of the committee, and adopted the new plan unanimously.
Hello AIG Members and Friends,
I am pleased to report that our recently completed 2013 Summer Institute in Jacksonville, Florida was a tremendous success. Once again we had over 100 attendees, and the demand for our certification and training programs continues to grow. We work hard to ensure that our Institutes remain state of the art, and provide up-to-date, cutting edge information essential for all inspectors general, auditors and investigators. I am so proud of the instructors and Board of Director members who volunteer their time, to work on our Institutes. Their selfless dedication to the Association and our Institute is simply incredible.
We now are turning our attention to our upcoming conference in New Orleans from November 5-8th. This year’s conference theme is: “How To: Practical Tips for IGs.” The presentations focus on providing the practical foundations for implementing inspector general initiatives. Conference attendees will be able to take back to their offices information on an array of issues including: working with community leaders, working with the US Attorney’s office, using mobile devices in investigations, and utilizing electronic workpapers and geomapping software. Also, for the first time, we are offering a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, on conducting evaluations and performance audits. You will not want to miss this. Here is a link to the conference web page: http://inspectorsgeneral.org/fall2013/
The Association’s New Orleans’ conference promises to be the highlight of year. I hope to see you there!
Happy Summer! The summer is one of the busiest times for the Association as we prepare for our new membership year, which begins on July 1st, and gear up for our Certified Inspector General Institute, which this year will be held August 19-23, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. I am pleased to report that both our membership and Institute application processes are going well. If you have not done so already, please help keep the AIG strong by renewing your membership; and if you are interested in joining us in Jacksonville, please submit your application as soon as possible.
With respect to the Institute, the AIG staff, and our volunteer Professional Certification Board (PCB) and Institute course managers are working diligently to ensure the success of all three of our highly regarded, five-day training and certification courses — the Certified Inspector General (CIG); Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI) and Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA). Each course is overseen by dedicated managers who are responsible for evaluating course content and recruiting qualified instructors from throughout the inspector general community. Our goal is to ensure that our curriculum is current and comprehensive, and that our instructors are experts in their fields and provide superior instruction.
I would like to thank everyone associated with making our Institute a success and I specifically want to thank AIG Vice President and Chair of the PCB, Robert Clift, and the institute mangers Matt Harris (CIG), Ben Redmond and Steven Pasichow (CIGI) and Hector Collazo (CIGA) for all of their extraordinary efforts. I would also like to mention Bill DiVello, who after years of being the driving force behind the CIGA, has decided to step down as course manager.
As you can probably tell, we take great pride in ensuring that our Institutes serve the inspector general community. Moreover, not only do they provide state of the art training and the certifications deemed essential to many professionals working in offices of inspector general, they also serve as a wonderful opportunity to build the inspector general community. I am pleased to report that based on our very successful Winter Institute in Austin this last February, a new Texas Chapter of our Association is in the process of being established. With the addition of Texas, we will now have 8 regional Chapters providing local training and networking opportunities. The new Texas Chapter follows in the footsteps of our San Diego Chapter that was established in 2012.
Our next event in 2013 will be our annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 5-8, 2013. Our theme is “Inspector General – How To…”, in which many of our speakers will provide practical information on the nuts and bolts of the work of inspector general offices. This year we are also adding a pre-conference workshop on conducting evaluations and performance audits. You will not want to miss it!
Hope to see everyone in New Orleans!
In this edition of the IG News, we highlight the activities and accomplishments of some current and former members of the Association’s Board of Directors. As President of the Association, I am honored to work with such a distinguished and dedicated Board. All Board Members are deeply committed and passionate about building and supporting the inspector general community. Board members featured include Robert Clift – Inspector General for the Florida Department of Transportation; Joseph Ferguson – City of Chicago Inspector General; Matthew Harris – Special Agent for the United States Postal Service; Ed Quatrevaux – City of New Orleans Inspector General; Sheryl Steckler – Palm Beach County, Florida Inspector General; Stephen Street, Inspector General for the State of Louisiana; and Betty Vega, former Naval Inspector General for the Pacific Fleet.
I would also like to take a moment to recognize Christopher Mazzella, Inspector General of Miami-Dade County, Florida, who retired after 14 years of service to the county. Over the years, Chris has been a stalwart of the inspector general community and strong supporter of the Association. Congratulations Chris on a job well done.
Finally, I want to report that this month, the Association held its first video-conference Board of Directors meeting over the Internet. Traditionally, the Board met in person, twice a year at our semi-annual conferences. In these financially challenging times, however, the Association decided to hold one of our semi-annual meetings electronically. I am pleased to report that the video-conference was very successful, and we were able to conduct all of the Association’s business in two sessions over a two day period. We are looking toward the use of video-conferencing and webinars in order to expand the services we can bring to our members. You will be hearing more about these initiatives in the coming months.
I am so pleased to report that the Association’s Winter Institute in Austin, TX was an overwhelming success. We closed our registration early after we quickly reached our maximum of 100 accepted applicants from local, state, federal and military IG offices from across the country.
It was wonderful to have the Institute in Texas. I want to personally thank Inspector General, Douglas Wilson, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and his staff for their warm welcome and general hospitality. The Association looks forward to strengthening our relationship with the oversight and inspection community in the Lone Star State, and we are committed to returning to Texas to provide additional training opportunities.
It is clear, the IG concept is continuing to grow. Los Angeles County, California recently created a new IG office, along with Jefferson Parish in Louisiana and the City of Detroit. There is also a currently pending bill in the Kansas legislature for the creation of a statewide inspector general office. The Association is committed to building the IG community, and we are excited to see that, even in these tough economic times, jurisdictions around the country continue to recognize that inspectors general add value. A list of inspector general offices and other public sector oversight agencies that make up the inspector general community is available on our website.
I hope you all are well and enjoying the holidays.
I am so pleased to report that 2012 has been a terrific year for the Association of Inspectors General. Our conferences in Anaheim and Clearwater were incredibly successful, as were our Florida-based Certified Inspector General Institute. There is no question that the Inspector General community is growing and very supportive of our Association.
Plans are well underway for our upcoming events in 2013. In light of the budgetary constraints that many of OIGs are facing, we decided to hold only one conference this year, but I can assure you that our 2013 conference in New Orleans will be something special. I want to thank New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux and his dedicated staff for the considerable work they have already put into planning the conference, which will be held the week of November 4, 2013. Please mark your calendars, and I hope to see you next Fall in the Crescent City.
Also, our 2013 institutes are quickly approaching! The winter institute will be held in Austin, Texas, February 25th to March 1st and our spring Institute will be held in Honolulu, HI, May 20th to 24th. Please contact the AIG Office for more information. The seats for Austin are rapidly filling up.
With the recent election of our new Board of Directors, I would like to take a moment to thank the members whose terms have ended, for their vital and greatly appreciated service to the Association. A special thanks goes to Elizabeth Archer, David Ray, Vicki Fisher, John Moriarty, Tracy Smith and Betty Vega. I also would like to take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate our newly elected and re-elected board members: Debra Rayna Alexander, Tom Caulfield, Cedric Johnson, Barry Kluger, Milton Mayo, Jr. Ricardo Meza, Austin Onwualu, Howard Schwartz, Sheryl Steckler and Stephen Street.
As we begin a New Year, one of the Association’s top priorities is building and strengthening the IG community. To do this, we need your input. Please let us know what you are thinking and tell us how we can continue to improve our services. We do listen. In response to the survey we conducted in 2012, we have plans to begin offering online training opportunities for our members to earn CPE credits. We hope to start by offering video presentations on current IG related topics. Please stay tuned.
As always, we encourage members to get involved and consider volunteering on a Committee of the Association. Committee work is tremendously important to our future success. The committees are as follows: Certification, Training, Membership, Conference, Legislative, Professional Standards, Peer Review, Strategic Planning, Integrity, Treasury and Finance and Chapter Development. Please email our Executive Director if you are interested.
Speaking of our Executive Director, I want to thank Phil Zisman and his staff for all their hard work and leadership in administering to the needs of the Association.
As we enter a new year, please be mindful of the things that enrich our lives the most such as health, family, friends and freedom. Let’s embrace the opportunities that are before us, foster service to our communities, and work to enhance public trust in government – TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Happy holidays to you and yours.
Melinda M. Miguel, President
I’m pleased to report that the 2012 Winter Institute held in Clearwater, FL was a tremendous success. Thank you to all of the investigators, auditors, members, instructors, staff and volunteers who participated. We had a total of 61 attendees: 17 for the Certified Inspector General Auditor program and 44 for the Certified Inspector General Investigator program. Our certification programs for auditors and investigators are recognized as being essential within the inspector general community, and the demand for our training has never been stronger. Our next Institute is scheduled for the West Palm Beach, FL area in August 2012. Please spread the word.
As winter is coming to an end, the Association is working hard on planning more high-quality events scheduled for the coming months. Our next event will be our Spring Conference in Anaheim, CA in May. We have a very exciting and dynamite speakers list, and the conference promises to provide a wonderful opportunity for our members to connect with their peers. For more information please check out our website. I am positive that our Anaheim Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for your personal and professional development.
Volunteers are the heart of the AIG. Your Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and local Chapter officers commit their expertise and untold hours of effort in helping to build our organization. It is truly rewarding to have the opportunity to serve and feel part of this team.
I hope to see you in Anaheim.
As always, your feedback is welcome. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Together – we make a difference.