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Governor Corbett Appoints New State Inspector General

From PR Newswire 
June 1, 2013 

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General will be guided by two veteran prosecutors, bringing a wealth of skill and experience to an agency dedicated to investigating and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in state government programs.

Michael A. Sprow has been appointed as Inspector General and K. Kenneth Brown, II has been selected as Chief Counsel for the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Both men have been serving at OIG in acting capacities and will begin their new permanent duties immediately.

“Mike Sprow’s experience handling complicated criminal matters, including high-profile public corruption investigations and child predator cases, has clearly demonstrated his commitment to protecting Pennsylvanians and makes him uniquely suited to be our next Inspector General,” Corbett said.

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New Orleans Inspector General says City did not make all Promised Improvements in Purchasing Procedures

Times-Picayune
April 23, 2013 

Following up on a report his office issued almost two years ago, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux said Tuesday that the city has failed to implement some of the corrective actions it promised in 2011 it would implement. The report concerned internal controls on the city’s purchasing and accounts-payable operations.

The original report said adequate controls within the purchasing and accounts payable processes are “vital” but did not exist in 2009, the period under review, when New Orleans paid more than $950 million to vendors. As a result, it said, an opportunity existed “for fraudulent purchases and payments.”

The 2011 report noted that a May 2010 audit of city expenditures by the Louisiana legislative auditor found instances of “payments made for goods that had not been received as well as payments made for invoices that lacked proper documentation.”

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Detroit Has a New Watch Dog

From Michigan Chronicle

As the infamous Kwame Kilpatrick trail draws to a close, an office specially dedicated to uprooting corruption in Detroit city government is set to open.

Detroit Inspector General, James Heath

Detroit’s office of inspector general (OIG)—created as part of the 2012 city charter revision— will open to the public next week after years of research, debate and, ultimately, a public vote.

Detroit city council appointed James Heath, former chair of Detroit’s board of ethics and assistant state attorney general to the position of inspector general in July.

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President’s Message

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

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.

Respectfully,

Melinda M. Miguel, President

 


City of Philadelphia Signs Settlement Agreement with Aramark and Strother Enterprises

From Philadelphia Office of Inspector General 
December 13, 2012

Philadelphia, Dec. 13, 2012 –The City of Philadelphia has signed a no-fault settlement agreement with Aramark Correctional Services (ACS) and Strother Enterprises, Inc. (Strother) to conclude a dispute over allegations that the companies circumvented the City’s minority-business requirements and anti-discrimination policies by submitting inaccurate invoices to the City for payment under ACS’ food-services contracts with the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS).

According to the settlement, the companies will pay the City a total of $400,000 and incorporate new internal policies to ensure their compliance with anti-discrimination policies on future contracts with the City and/or City-related agencies.

The settlement was the result of a Philadelphia Office of the Inspector General investigation into allegations that ACS had inaccurately reported payments made to Strother in documentation submitted to the City. Although Strother, a City-certified minority-business entity, performed actual work in connection with PPS food-services contracts, the OIG found that the company had engaged in a circular billing arrangement with ACS, which made it appear that Strother had performed a larger percentage of the contracted work than it had actually performed.

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Jefferson Parish Inspector General Search Narrows to 4 Finalists

From NOLA.com 
November 27, 2012 

Almost three years after Aaron Broussard resigned the parish presidency in a corruption scandal, Jefferson Parish‘s inspector general search is focusing on four finalists with current experience in government oversight. The inspector general board has decided to interview:

  • David Holmgren of Lorton, Va., the U.S. Treasury Department’s deputy inspector general for inspections and evaluations at the Internal Revenue Service. A retired Air Force officer, Holmgren also has worked as inspector general for the Office of Naval Intelligence and Navy Installations Command. (Read Holmgren’s resume.)
  • David McClintock of Arnold, Md., a lawyer, Baltimore’s inspector general for the past three years and previously assistant police chief in Maryland for Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. (Read McClintock’s resume.)
  • Nicholas Schuler Jr. of Chicago, a lawyer, deputy inspector general at the Chicago Board of Education and former city of Chicago assistant inspector general and police officer. (Read Schuler’s resume.)
  • Howard Schwartz of MandevilleNew Orleans‘ first assistant inspector general for criminal investigations for the past 1 1/2 years and previously a No. 2 executive in the New Orleans FBI office. (Read Schwartz’s resume.)

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Haley Taps FBI veteran to be Inspector General

From The Post and Courier 

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday tapped a 30-year FBI veteran to be South Carolina’s inspector general, leading a new agency slated to become independent next month but for which funding is still uncertain.

Haley said she wants 53-year-old Patrick Maley to head the state agency that investigates allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in state government. The Senate must confirm her choice for a four-year term.

Maley’s experience will help make state government truly accountable to taxpayers, the Republican governor said.

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Panel Chides Obama for Inspector-General Vacancies

From Washington Post

House Republicans on Thursday criticized the Obama administration’s delay in nominating inspectors general for several key agencies.

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee

There are 10 inspector-general vacancies, including five at Cabinet-level agencies. Four of the positions have been vacant for more than three years and some, such as the State Department’s, have been led by a deputy inspector general for years.

“This administration’s failure to fill inspector-general vacancies has weakened the effectiveness of the inspector-general community, thus exposing American taxpayer dollars to waste, fraud and abuse,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee.

Acting inspectors general have filled the vacant slots.

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GSA Inspector General is Investigating Possible Bribes, Kickbacks

From the Washington Post

The inspector general for the General Services Administration said Monday that he is investigating possible bribery and kickbacks in the agency, as lawmakers accused the former GSA administrator of allowing a Las Vegas spending scandal to erode taxpayers’ trust in government.

Inspector General Brian Miller told a congressional committee scrutinizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference that his office has asked the Justice Department to investigate “all sorts of improprieties” surrounding the 2010 event, “including bribes, including possible kickbacks.” He did not provide details.

GSA Inspector General, Brian Miller

Miller’s revelations of possible further misconduct by organizers of the four-day event, coming on the heels of a highly critical report, enraged Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The lawmakers put GSA officials on the defensive during a tense four-hour hearing, with some Republicans loudly rebuking former administrator Martha N. Johnson and her colleagues.

Read the article here:  Washington Post


Congratulations to the New Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2011 election to the Association’s Board of Directors. The following members have been elected to serve three year terms starting in January 2012:

 

Robert Clift
Hector Collazo
Eric Feldman
Joseph Ferguson
Matthew Harris
Michael Kessler
Patra Liu
Lora Manon
Steve Pasichow
Edouard Quatrevaux
David Ray
Pat Russo
Nicholas Schuler
Jim Sullivan
Janet Werkman
David Westerling

 

We would also like to thank the following Directors who are leaving the Board for all of their dedicated service to the Association:

 

Elizabeth Archer
William DiVello
Vicki Fischer
Stephen Upton
Bart Bevers
Hilton Green