President’s Column

President’s Message

Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President & Louisiana State Inspector General

Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President & Louisiana State Inspector General

Dear Association Members and Friends,

In the IG News we often try to provide insights into Association events and programs. In this current edition, we focus on our recent Virginia Beach Institute, which by all accounts was another great success, although many of us from the south were kept inside by the temperatures in the teens and howling wind coming off the beach. (My New York friends definitely had a few laughs at my expense). I did enjoy watching the snow pile up on the boardwalk and beach, though. In some respects, we were lucky that only 10 attendees had to cancel because of weather related travel problems. Still, the Institute was well attended with members of the IG community from all over the country and the world. We had 9 attendees from South Africa, 2 from Canada, and 1 each from Senegal and Indonesia. In addition, more than half of the US attendees worked for military IGs, with many from the Navy. The feedback from all who attended has been overwhelmingly positive. Read more →


President’s Message

Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President & Louisiana State Inspector General

Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President & Louisiana State Inspector General

Dear Association Members,

This edition of the IG News profiles the Association’s five newly elected Board of Directors members:

Patrick Blanchard, Cook County, IL Inspector General
Kenneth Donohue, Cohn Reznick Advisory Group Director and former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General
James Heath, City of Detroit, MI Inspector General
David McClintock, Jefferson Parish, LA Inspector General
Lise Valentine, City of Chicago, IL Deputy Inspector General. Read more →


President’ Message

AIG National President Stephen B. Street, Jr., Inspector General, State of Louisiana

Dear Association Members and Friends,

“Things are not always what they seem.”  (Phaedrus, Roman Fable Writer, 50 AD)

Many times over the course of my career trying criminal cases, I quoted these words to criminal juries as a means of getting them to carefully examine and test evidence, rather than accepting things at face value.  Today, in January of 2015, they take on new and special relevance for me as the Inspector General from the State of Louisiana, and now, the newly elected President of the Association of Inspectors General. Read more →


President’s Message

AIG President Melinda Miguel,Chief Inspector General, State of Florida

Dear Association Members and Friends,

On behalf of the national organization and our local NY/NJ Chapter of the Association, I am pleased to report that our 2014 annual training in Newark, NJ from October 22 to 24, 2014, was a truly outstanding and successful event. With over 325 people in attendance, I have heard nothing but praise from the attendees. Our lineup of speakers was simply first-rate, covering a broad array of topics relevant to the IG community. This edition of the IG News is dedicated to the Newark training conference.

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President’s Message

AIG President Melinda Miguel

Hello Association Members and Friends,

I am pleased to report that our recent Summer Inspector General Institute® in Jacksonville, FL was another tremendous success. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: the 116 auditors, investigators, and IGs who attended reported that the intense week of classwork, study, networking and camaraderie provided one of the best training experiences they have ever had. I want to personally thank our course managers Bob Clift, Howard Schwartz, Steve Pasichow and Hector Collazo, all of our Instructors – who are too numerous to name specifically – who volunteer to teach at the Institute, and Executive Director Phil Zisman and his staff at the AIG headquarters in New York for all of their hard work.

I would also like to give a special thanks to the Florida IG community for your continuing support of the Association and our Inspector General Institute®. The Florida Chapter of the Association is the largest in the country and its members understand the value of our training and certification. Read more →


President’s Message

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

Dear Association Members and Friends,

I write in anticipation of our upcoming summer Inspector General Institute®, which will be held in Jacksonville, FL from July 28 to August 1. I’m pleased to report that with over 115 registrants, this Institute will be our largest ever, and promises to be one of the most successful in our organization’s 18-year history. Read more →


President’s Message

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

Hello AIG Members and Friends,

I am pleased to report that our recently completed 2013 Summer Institute in Jacksonville, Florida was a tremendous success.  Once again we had over 100 attendees, and the demand for our certification and training programs continues to grow. We work hard to ensure that our Institutes remain state of the art, and provide up-to-date, cutting edge information essential for all inspectors general, auditors and investigators. I am so proud of the instructors and Board of Director members who volunteer their time, to work on our Institutes. Their selfless dedication to the Association and our Institute is simply incredible.

We now are turning our attention to our upcoming conference in New Orleans from November 5-8th. This year’s conference theme is: “How To: Practical Tips for IGs.” The presentations focus on providing the practical foundations for implementing inspector general initiatives. Conference attendees will be able to take back to their offices information on an array of issues including: working with community leaders, working with the US Attorney’s office, using mobile devices in investigations, and utilizing electronic workpapers and geomapping software. Also, for the first time, we are offering a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, on conducting evaluations and performance audits. You will not want to miss this. Here is a link to the conference web page: http://inspectorsgeneral.org/fall2013/

The Association’s New Orleans’ conference promises to be the highlight of year. I hope to see you there!


President’s Message

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

Happy Summer! The summer is one of the busiest times for the Association as we prepare for our new membership year, which begins on July 1st, and gear up for our Certified Inspector General Institute, which this year will be held August 19-23, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  I am pleased to report that both our membership and Institute application processes are going well.  If you have not done so already, please help keep the AIG strong by renewing your membership; and if you are interested in joining us in Jacksonville, please submit your application as soon as possible.

With respect to the Institute, the AIG staff, and our volunteer Professional Certification Board (PCB) and  Institute course managers are working diligently to ensure the success of all three of our highly regarded, five-day training and certification courses — the Certified Inspector General (CIG); Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI) and Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA). Each course is overseen by dedicated managers who are responsible for evaluating course content and recruiting qualified instructors from throughout the inspector general community. Our goal is to ensure that our curriculum is current and comprehensive, and that our instructors are experts in their fields and provide superior instruction.

I would like to thank everyone associated with making our Institute a success and I specifically want to thank AIG Vice President and Chair of the PCB, Robert Clift, and the institute mangers Matt Harris (CIG), Ben Redmond and Steven Pasichow (CIGI) and Hector Collazo (CIGA) for all of their extraordinary efforts. I would also like to mention Bill DiVello, who after years of being the driving force behind the CIGA, has decided to step down as course manager.

As you can probably tell, we take great pride in ensuring that our Institutes serve the inspector general community. Moreover, not only do they provide state of the art training and the certifications deemed essential to many professionals working in offices of inspector general, they also serve as a wonderful opportunity to build the inspector general community. I am pleased to report that based on our very successful Winter Institute in Austin this last February, a new Texas Chapter of our Association is in the process of being established. With the addition of Texas, we will now have 8 regional Chapters providing local training and networking opportunities. The new Texas Chapter follows in the footsteps of our San Diego Chapter that was established in 2012.

Our next event in 2013 will be our annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 5-8, 2013.  Our theme is “Inspector General – How To…”, in which many of our speakers will provide practical information on the nuts and bolts of the work of inspector general offices. This year we are also adding a pre-conference workshop on conducting evaluations and performance audits. You will not want to miss it!

Hope to see everyone in New Orleans!


President’s Message

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

In this edition of the IG News,  we highlight the activities and accomplishments of some current and former members of the Association’s Board of Directors. As President of the Association, I am honored to work with such a distinguished and dedicated Board. All Board Members are deeply committed and passionate about building and supporting the inspector general community. Board members featured include Robert Clift – Inspector General for the Florida Department of Transportation; Joseph Ferguson – City of Chicago Inspector General; Matthew Harris – Special Agent for the United States Postal Service; Ed Quatrevaux – City of New Orleans Inspector General; Sheryl Steckler – Palm Beach County, Florida Inspector General; Stephen Street, Inspector General for the State of Louisiana; and Betty Vega, former Naval Inspector General for the Pacific Fleet.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize Christopher Mazzella, Inspector General of Miami-Dade County, Florida, who retired after 14 years of service to the county. Over the years, Chris has been a stalwart of the inspector general community and strong supporter of the Association. Congratulations Chris on a job well done.

Finally, I want to report that this month, the Association held its first video-conference Board of Directors meeting over the Internet. Traditionally, the Board met in person, twice a year at our semi-annual conferences. In these financially challenging times, however, the Association decided to hold one of our semi-annual meetings electronically. I am pleased to report that the video-conference was very successful, and we were able to conduct all of the Association’s business in two sessions over a two day period. We are looking toward the use of video-conferencing and webinars in order to expand the services we can bring to our members. You will be hearing more about these initiatives in the coming months.


President’s Message

Hello Association Members,

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.

AIG President, Melinda Miguel

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. Read more →