Minutes: March 10, 2011

MEETING MINUTES

MTA Headquarters
2 Broadway
New York, NY
March 10, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.

  1.  Steven Pasichow called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.  Steve welcomed all to the meeting of the New York/New Jersey Chapter (“Chapter”) of the Association of Inspectors General (“Association”).
  2. Everyone introduced him or herself, and named the office/agency with which they are associated.  There were 42 individuals in attendance.
  3. Steven Pasichow mentioned that one CPE credit would be available for this meeting, and interested attendees should indicate whether they need a CPE certificate.
  4. Steven Pasichow said that we have growing number of members, and that it was very good to see the large number of attendees we have at this meeting.  He said that several members have already paid their annual dues.  He mentioned that several people have not paid, and he encouraged all to pay the dues, and fully support the Chapter.  He said that we currently have a total number of 80 paid chapter members.
  5. Ned Benton introduced several guests from the countries of Senegal and Angola.  He described their corruption-fighting mission and asked if our members would help support them by inviting them to our respective offices so they can see the operations of our offices.
  6. Steven Pasichow talked about the Fall 2010 AIG Conference in Newark, New Jersey.  He said that it was a highly successful conference.  Where most of the past conferences have just broken even, this conference made a profit of over $28,000 for the AIG.  Ned Benton stated that the charges at the conference (for rooms, sponsors, etc.) were very low and reasonable.  Steve offered his gratitude to all who volunteered to help make the conference a success.  Steve said that the next AIG conference is scheduled to commence on May 18, 2011, and is taking place in Chicago, Illinois.
  7. Steven Pasichow introduced our guest speaker, U.S. General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller.   Brian gave a presentation about the work of the National Procurement Task Force and Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force; the use of Vender caution databases; a description of vendor information lists; and the need for agencies to work cooperatively. Brian’s office developed a one-page screen with links to a variety of federal databases, as well as a link to all the states’ databases that they are aware.  Brian asked that the attendees notify his office of additional databases that they are aware of and they would add them to the screen. Steve will be sharing with Brian the Chapter members list and Brian’s office will in turn send the screen and links to all members.
  8. Steven Pasichow opened up the forum for any new business, discussions or comments.  No such items arose, and the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.