By Philip Zisman, AIG Executive Director
Over eighteen months ago, Glenn Cunha, the Massachusetts Inspector General, offered to host our annual conference/training event in Boston, as part of our 20th anniversary.
Bob Cerasoli, AIG Founder and first President, and the former Inspector General of the State of Massachusetts and the City of New Orleans, first suggested bringing the conference to Boston, and Inspector General Cunha agreed that there was no better place to celebrate the 20 years of AIG than Boston, the home of the first statewide OIG in the country.
A year and a half later, the reviews are in and the overwhelming consensus is that the Boston conference/training event was terrific. The Massachusetts OIG and its local planning committee, lead by AIG Board members Natalie Monroe and Mary Beth Farrelly, worked hard to put together a wonderful conference with an exceptionally strong program of panelist and speakers.
Clearly, the word is out within the inspector general community that our conference/training events are excellent. All IGs knows that they must continually demonstrate that their offices’ audits and investigations add value by actually deterring and detecting fraud, waste, abuse and corruption, and promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness in government. Similar, we at the Association need to prove to our members that we add value. We do that, in part, by providing high quality programs at our conference/training events as well as at our semi-annual Inspector General Institutes.
During our three days in Boston, approximately 300 attendees listened to and participated in 25 different cutting edge presentations and breakout sessions on current topics affecting the IG Community. The attendees included a cross section of federal, state, local, and military OIGs from throughout the United States, and future IG professionals enrolled in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Master of Public Administration Inspection and Oversight program. In addition, we were also very pleased to welcome representatives from Canada, Jamaica, Kuwait, and Senegal.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh both addressed the conference, and in laudatory terms praised the work that OIGs, in general, perform, and specifically acknowledged the important role that the Massachusetts OIG plays in ensuring honesty and integrity in Massachusetts. It is a testament to Massachusetts IG Glenn Cunha, who served as local host of the conference, that the work of his office is so highly respected and valued.
We thank Massachusetts IG Glenn Cuhna, First Assistant IG Natalie Monroe, CFO Mary Beth Farrelly, and the entire local planning committee staff for their hospitality and hard work in making the conference a success.
We now turn our attention to next year’s conference to be held in Austin, TX from November 15-17, 2017. Boston set the bar high, but as we know, everything’s bigger in Texas!
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