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.
Once again, I want to encourage members to become involved and consider volunteering on a committee of the Association. Committee work is tremendously important to our future success. Please email our Executive Director, Philip Zisman, if you are interested in serving with the Association of Inspectors General.
Our two upcoming 2013 events are the summer institute in Jacksonville, Florida, August 19 – 23, 2013, and the fall conference, November 6 – 8, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana. I look forward to seeing you there!Melinda Miguel President