Minutes: September 14, 2011

MEETING MINUTES

John Jay College
Room 630T
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
September 14, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.

  1. Steven  Pasichow (“Steve”) called the meeting to order at 8:20 a.m.  Steve welcomed all to the meeting of the New York & New Jersey Chapter (“Chapter”) of the Association of Inspectors General (“Association”).
  2. Steve asked that the Chapter Officers and Board Members introduce him or herself, and name the office/agency with which they are associated.  Steve introduced Phil Zizman, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Association.  There were 50 individuals in attendance at this meeting.
  3. Ned Benton, from John Jay College, introduced the following individuals who were in attendance: the Auditor General of Senegal; the Chief of Research within the Senegal Inspector General’s Office; and the Chief Counsel within the Angola Inspector General’s Office.  Ned asked if anyone could host the individuals from Senegal within their offices to teach them about our work.  Ned mentioned that the Inspectors General for the Port Authority and the MTA have already agreed to serve as hosts.
  4. Ned discussed a survey that John Jay College is preparing on the topic of corruption.  He said that the survey will be distributed in African nations when it is complete.  Ned asked for input and comments on the survey.
  5. Fred mentioned that the Association’s Fall Conference is taking place in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 12 – 14th.  He encouraged members to attend the conference.  Finally, Ned recognized the John Jay students who were in attendance.
  6. Steve distributed the sign-in sheet for the meeting.  He mentioned that CPE credits would be available for this meeting and that interested attendees should see him to sign a CPE attendance sheet, and that he will arrange to obtain the CPE Certificates.
  7. Steve said that when we first became a Chapter, we intended to become a not-for-profit entity.  He said that if we go this route, we have many associated details to take care of, including filing taxes, etc.  Steve said that there is another option, which is to become a “Division” under the national Association.  (He handed out a draft of the amended by-laws.)  This way, the national Association will handle all of the administrative functions for our Chapter.  This should save us time and costs.  Steve asked if anyone was interested in making a motion to amend the Chapter’s by-laws in order to facilitate our becoming a “Division”.  Barry Kluger made the motion.  Ronald Calvosa seconded the motion.  All members voted in favor, no dissenting votes, and the motion was passed.
  8. Steve asked that the attendees in the meeting take a moment to introduce him or herself, and name the office/agency with which they are associated.
  9. Steve opened the meeting up to any questions that there may be.  One question was asked about when the dues will be required again.  Steve said that they will be due in June 2012.  He mentioned that several people have not paid, and he encouraged all to pay the dues fee, and fully support the Chapter.
  10. Steve introduced our guest speaker, Tom Caulfield, the Executive Director of the Training Institute for the Council of the Inspector General on Integrity and Efficiency (“CIGIE”).  Tom gave an interactive presentation about Procurement Fraud.  He described the various types of procurement fraud, and investigative strategies to address this type of fraud.
  11. Steve adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am.