Florida Chapter’s Status Report, November 2016

Status Report
Florida Chapter Association of Inspectors General
November 2016

The Tallahassee Chapter of AIG (TCAIG) was established on March 9, 2001. On May 12, 2010, the Chapter was officially renamed, with approval of the Association of Inspectors General Board of Directors, as the Florida Chapter (Chapter) of the AIG to better represent the statewide nature of our membership. The Chapter operates under the authority of the Association of Inspectors General. The Chapter is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (6) entity, incorporated in Florida.

Officers of the Chapter are:

  • Robert Clift, President (Florida Department of Transportation Inspector General),
  • Dawn Case, First Vice President (Deputy Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor),
  • Julie Leftheris, Second Vice President (Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Inspector General),
  • Kris Sullivan, Third Vice President (Audit Director, Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General),
  • Joe Maleszewski, Treasurer (Florida Board of Governors Inspector General), and
  • Charles McCool, Secretary (Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General).

Additional Chapter Board Members are:

  • Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor),
  • Hector Collazo (Pinellas County Clerk of Courts Inspector General),
  • Patra Liu (Miami Dade County Office of Inspector General, General Counsel),
  • Lourdes Howell-Thomas (Florida Department of Law Enforcement Inspector General),
  • Chuck Faircloth (General Counsel, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs),
  • Harold Schweinsberg (Assistant Director of Investigations, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Office of Inspector General),
  • Melanie Yopp (Internal Investigators/Auditor, Florida Housing Finance Corporation Office of Inspector General), and
  • Bonny Allen (Information Security Manager, Florida Agency For State Technology)

Chapter hosted two training events in 2016:

In August 2016, the Chapter hosted two full days of training (same training agenda both days) focused on topics of general interest to the membership. Ninety-four members attended on day one and eighty-nine members attended on day two. This training included an ethics course presented by Eric Miller, Inspector General, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Whistle-blower determinations and investigative considerations training by Dawn case, 1st Vice President and Deputy Chief Inspector general, and Contract management Training for Auditors and Investigators, presented by representatives of the Florida Department of Financial Services. In all, over 800 hours of CPE were awarded to 183 Chapter members.

In November 2016, the Chapter is presenting a consultant-led leadership training day for Chapter members who are inspectors general, directors of audit or investigations, and others who supervise OIG staff members. This training focuses on employee engagement and the principles of working with emotional intelligence and includes hand-on team building exercises. We have enrolled 75 Inspector General Community leaders in this course.

The payment concept used for the delivery of training to Florida’s inspector general staff is key to the success of the Chapter’s training program and the Chapter’s membership numbers. Agencies purchase memberships in the Chapter for $35 per person. If the agency is prohibited from purchasing memberships, which is often the case, they purchase training for their staff at $35 per person (which also includes membership in the Chapter).

The Chapter meets five times a year (besides training events). Four meetings are bi-monthly lunch-and-learn meetings (for which the Chapter awards one hour of CPE and subsidizes a portion of the cost) and the fifth meeting is a general membership meeting with lunch funded by the Chapter for members. Third Vice-President Kris Sullivan, the Chapter’s Program Chair, coordinates these events assisted by Charles McCool, the Chapter Secretary.

Of particular note was the October monthly lunch and learn attended by 106 chapter members. The topic was, “Establishing and Maintaining a Trusting Relationship with Agency Leadership.” We were grateful to have a panel of four State of Florida agency heads address this topic and answer questions posed by the moderator, Florida’s Chief Inspector General (and Chapter Board Member), Melinda Miguel.

The Chapter has $10,092.82 on deposit. Treasurer Joe Maleszewski maintains the Chapter’s financial records assisted by the Chapter’s Second Vice President, Julie Leftheris. The Chapter expects to receive their allocation of membership fees for the first quarter of the 2016/2017 membership year in the approximate amount of $10.000 at the AIG’s annual training event in Boston[1]. This will bring the Chapter’s fund balance to approximately $20,000.

The Chapter offers our members scholarships opportunities to Association of Inspectors General Certification Institutes. For the winter 2016 institutes, we awarded two scholarships, one each for the CIGA/CIGI courses. These scholarships cover the tuition payment of candidates who qualify for attendance based on institute criteria. A committee chaired by Chuck Faircloth and First Vice-President Dawn Case selects scholarship recipients. The recipients were an audit staff member from the Department of Corrections and an investigator from the Department of Transportation. The Chapter’s scholarships are awarded in honor of Kirby Mole, former Inspector General of the Florida Department of State. Kirby valued education and professional certifications. He was a Certified Inspector General, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Governmental Auditing Professional, and a Certified Management Accountant. Kirby passed away November 2010 at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. We were proud to be joined by Kirby’s widow and two sons for the award of the Chapter’s first scholarship in 2012. We did not award scholarships for the summer 2016 institutes in Chicago as no Chapter members applied to attend this event. The Chapter plans to award two scholarships for the upcoming March 2017 institutes in Jacksonville.

The Florida Chapter (alone) currently has 94 members. We also have 241 members of the Florida and National Association combined. We have 335 members in total. As stated above, many join us because of the professional development initiatives we regularly host on their behalf using the dues they pay for Florida Chapter membership.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Robert E. Clift, CIG, CIGI
Florida Chapter President

 

[1] Ninety-four Florida Chapter members at $25 each equals a remittance due of $2,350. National Association and Florida Chapter combined membership totals 241 at $35 each equals a remittance due of $8,435. The total remittance due from the National Association is $10,785.

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Status Report
Florida Chapter Association of Inspectors General
October 2015

The Tallahassee Chapter of AIG (TCAIG) was established on March 9, 2001. On May 12, 2010, the Chapter was officially renamed, with approval of the Association of Inspectors General Board of Directors, as the Florida Chapter (Chapter) of the AIG to better represent the statewide nature of our membership. The Chapter operates under the authority of the Association of Inspectors General. The Chapter is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (6) entity, incorporated in Florida.

Officers of the Chapter are:

  • Robert Clift, President (Florida Department of Transportation Inspector General),
  • Dawn Case, First Vice President (Deputy Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor),
  • Julie Leftheris, Second Vice President (Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Inspector General),
  • Kris Sullivan, Third Vice President (Audit Director, Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General),
  • Jerry Chesnutt, Treasurer (Audit Director, Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Inspector General), and
  • Charles McCool, Secretary (Florida Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General).

Additional Board Members of the Chapter are:

  • Melinda Miguel (Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor),
  • Joe Maleszewski, (Board of Governors Inspector General),
  • Jeff Beasley (Florida Department of Corrections Inspector General),
  • Hector Collazo (Pinellas County Clerk of Courts Inspector General),
  • Patra Liu (Miami Dade County Office of Inspector General),
  • Chuck Faircloth (General Counsel, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs),
  • Al Dennis (Inspector General Florida Department of Law Enforcement — Retired), and
  • Maja Parcinski (Senior Auditor, KPMG)

The Chapter hosted two training events in 2015:

In January 2015, Dr Bruce Bickley, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University, taught two eight hour report writing sessions (same course, two days) focusing on grammar, usage, and the Chicago Style. In total 200 Chapter Members attended. The Chapter expended $9000 for this training including instructor fees, course materials, and refreshment costs. Funds to pay for this training were funded by the Chapter’s allocation of $25 for each new or renewing Chapter member (while National retains $10 for administering the membership records of each Chapter member).

In October 2015, the Chapter hosted two more full days of training focused on conceptualizing the investigative report. This training built on the January writing course but focused on the content of the investigative report. This course was taught by subject matter experts in the Florida Inspector General community who volunteered their time to develop and present blocks of instruction to benefit Florida’s IG community at a cost greatly reduced over commercially available alternative. One hundred and fifty Chapter members attended this training.

The payment concept used for the delivery of training to Florida’s Inspector General staff is key to the success of the Chapter’s training program and the Chapter’s membership numbers. Agencies purchase memberships in the Chapter for $35 per person. If the agency is prohibited from purchasing memberships, which is often the case, they purchase training for their staff at $35 per person (which also includes membership in the Chapter).

The Chapter meets five times a year (besides training events). Four meetings are bi-monthly lunch-and-learn meetings (for which the Chapter awards one hour of CPE) and the fifth meeting is a general membership meeting with lunch funded by the Chapter for members. Third Vice-President Kris Sullivan, the Chapter’s Program Chair, coordinated these events.

The Chapter has $9,000 on deposit. Treasurer Jerry Chesnutt maintains the Chapter’s financial records. Second Vice President Julie Leftheris conducted the annual audit of the Chapter’s financial records early in 2015 with no discrepancies. We have a receivable from National for Chapter memberships of $9,150 that has been invoiced but not yet received.

The Chapter offers our members scholarships opportunities to Association of Inspectors General Certification Institutes. For the winter 2015 institutes, we awarded one scholarship for the CIGA course. For the summer 2015 institutes, the Chapter awarded two scholarships, one for CIGA, and one for CIGI. These scholarships cover the tuition payment of candidates who qualify for attendance based on institute criteria. A committee chaired by Chuck Faircloth and First Vice-President Dawn Case selects scholarship recipients. The Chapter’s scholarships are awarded in honor of Kirby Mole, former Inspector General of the Florida Department of State. Kirby valued education and professional certifications. He was a Certified Inspector General, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Governmental Auditing Professional, and a Certified Management Accountant. Kirby passed away November 2010 at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. We were proud to be joined by Kirby’s widow and two sons for the award of the Chapter’s first scholarship in 2012.

The Florida Chapter currently has 366 members. As stated above, many join us as a result of the professional development initiatives we host on their behalf using the dues they pay through National with a portion remitted to the Florida Chapter. Normally, a new membership year sees us start with a membership of about 200 and we move upward through the course of the year based on the training events we schedule. After this membership year began however, our first count was 354 members, a dramatic first quarter membership increase! We attribute this to active marketing within the Chapter of the Association’s annual renewal process.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Robert E. Clift, CIG, CIGI
Florida Chapter President

 

Below is the link to the April 2015 Status Report for the Florida Chapter Association of Inspectors General: