Scott D. Russell, Director, Violent Crime Division, DoDIG, Reflects On The Winter 2015 Institute

Scott D. Russell, Director, Violent Crime Division, DoDIG

Navi Johal, AIG staff member and IG News Editor , interviewed Scott D. Russell, Director of the Violent Crime Division at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, who earned his certifications as an Inspector General at the VA Beach Institute. Mr. Russell’s enthusiasm for the Institute is representative of the overall sentiments of the attendees.

NJ: Please tell us a little about yourself.

SD: As the second of seven children I grew up in the footsteps of my older brother near the shores of Lake Michigan in the Belle City (Racine, WI).  In 1972, at age 19, to escape from the factories of Racine, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a Military Policeman (MP).  At the time, my intent was to serve 3 years, get the GI Bill, get out, and go to college.  Read more →

Chicago’s Deputy IG Lise Valentine On Importance Of Support Network for IGs

Lise Valentine, Chicago Deputy Inspector General, Audit and Program Review

Lise Valentine, Chicago Deputy Inspector General, Audit and Program Review

Lise Valentine is the Deputy Inspector General for Audit and Program Review for the City of Chicago, Office of Inspector General. Prior to joining Chicago OIG, She served as Vice President and Director of Research at the Civic Federation, a non-partisan governmental research organization. She conducted and led research on government efficiency, transparency and tax policy at the Civic Federation. She has taught State and Local Public Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Read more →

Cook County IG & IL Chapter President Patrick Blanchard Joins AIG Board

Patrick Blanchard, Cook County, IL Inspector General

Patrick Blanchard, Cook County, IL Inspector General

In October 2008, the Cook County, IL Board of Commissioners appointed Patrick Blanchard the County’s first Independent Inspector General. He was reappointed to a second term in 2014. Prior to becoming Inspector General, Mr. Blanchard served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. In addition, Mr. Blanchard previously practiced law with the Chicago firm of Clausen Miller Gorman Caffrey & Witous. He received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in 1990 and B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1986. Read more →

Former HUD IG & Assistant Director of CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center Joins AIG

Kenneth Donohue, Cohn Reznick Advisory Group Director

Kenneth Donohue, Cohn Reznick Advisory Group Director

The Honorable Kenneth M. Donohue is a senior advisor with Cohn Reznick Advisory – Government Services. Before joining Cohn Reznick in 2010, Ken served for nine years as Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to HUD, Ken had a distinguished 21-year career with the U.S. Secret Service as a Supervisory Special Agent, which culminated with an assignment to the Assistant Director of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center. Read more →

A Conversation With Detroit’s First IG James Heath

James Heath, City of Detroit Inspector General

James Heath, City of Detroit Inspector General

In 2012, James Heath was sworn in as the City of Detroit’s first Inspector General. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Michigan Department of Attorney General where he prosecuted fraud cases. Prior to joining the Criminal Division, he served in the Health Care Fraud Division. In 2014 he was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as one of Metro Detroit’s 40 Under 40 as an emerging leader in the Detroit community. Read more →

Jefferson Parish IG David McClintock Hopes To Give Back To AIG Community

David McClintock, Jefferson Parish, LA Inspector General

David McClintock, Jefferson Parish, LA Inspector General

David McClintock has served in various roles in law enforcement for over 20 years, and also work for nearly 10 years as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors. In 2010, he was appointed the Inspector General for the City of Baltimore, MD. In 2013, the Jefferson Parish, LA Ethics and Compliance Commission selected him to become the first IG of Jefferson Parish, where establish the new OIG. Read more →

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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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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Neil Barfosky scheduled to speak at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and author of the New York Times bestseller Bailout will be the guest speaker at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Thursday, April 25, 2013.  The event will be sponsored by the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Inspectors General and the Department of Public Administration at John Jay College. The Association will send out additional information about this event in the upcoming weeks.  If you are in the NY/NJ Metro area, please join us!

Click here for a recent interview with Neil Barofsky appearing in the Wall Street Journal

Obituary of Former Congressman Jack Brooks (D-TX)

From the Houston Chronicle 
December 8, 2012 

Jack Brooks was best known as a Congressman and powerful committee chairman. But for those who knew him personally or professionally throughout the years, Brooks may be more memorable for his talents as a story teller. The stories often had similar themes: They were about people in need, people who asked for help, or individuals whose plight came to the attention of Congressman Brooks. The stories centered on conflicts, debates, and sometimes bitter political fights. Yet, with a twinkle in his eyes, most of Jack Brooks’ stories concluded with the same phrase, “he’s for me now…” Jack Brooks, the curmudgeon who never relented, was ironically the softhearted man whose passion was to bring people together to help those in need. The life of Congressman Jack Brooks has been one defined by his consistent ability to bring people together in order to build a better life both for the people he represented, and our nation as a whole.

Former Congressman, Jack Brooks. A leading advocate of the Inspectors General Act of 1978

Brooks grew up poor in Beaumont Texas during the worst days of the Great Depression. His mother, Grace, in order to raise three children as a widow, taught people how to cook in their own homes using the then new and innovative electric stoves. His childhood formed the basis of his empathy for all people regardless of their socio-economic status. Too small to be a golf caddy, he taught himself to type in order to land a job as a junior reporter at the Beaumont Enterprise. There he did his best to report on people’s lives in his community, using as many proper names as possible. He had understood, being paid by the typed inch, that the editor would not cut people’s names.

He first served his nation as a Marine in the Pacific theatre of World War II. He experienced the horror of war in Guadalcanal and Tarawa. He was also one of those marines whose life was likely sparred when Truman brought the war to a close through the use of the atomic bomb. Like many of his generation, he returned home determined to contribute to the growth of his newly emergent super-power nation.
Brooks entered politics with his election to the Texas Legislature, while at the same time attending the University of Texas Law School. There he drafted the legislation that would elevate his beloved Lamar University from a two-year college to a full four-year college. Over the years, Brooks often recounted the story of this, his first legislative achievement. He took pride in the fact that Lamar now serves the community with a growing world-renowned educational reputation.

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