MTA OIG Office
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121 December 19, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
Steven Pasichow (“Steve”) called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Steve welcomed all to the meeting of the New York/New Jersey Chapter (“Chapter”) of the Association of Inspectors General (“Association”).
Steve asked that the Chapter members present introduce themselves to the group. There were 16 individuals in attendance at the commencement of the meeting. Two additional attendees joined the meeting in progress.
Steve Asked Barry Kluger to say a few words in greeting the participants to the MTA OIG office. Barry introduced Mark Feldman, who is now working within the MTA OIG Office as Deputy Inspector General. Barry provided a description of Mark’s background and experience.
Steve started the process of electing the Chapter board members. He said that the current board members’ terms are expiring on December 31, 2012 and that we need to elect our new officers. The terms for the new Chapter board members will be for three years, and will end in 2015. The terms for the Chapter officers are for two years and end in 2013. Steve counted and said that we have 16 voting members in attendance, and therefore have a quorum. Steve distributed the listing of those Chapter members who expressed an interest in becoming board members. Deirdre Power made a motion to elect these 16 people as board members. Ned Schwartz seconded the motion. All in voting members indicated their approval to elect the 16 individuals as board members. The following are the names of the 16 people elected as Chapter board members:
Ned Benton, Ronald Calvosa, Mary Jane Cooper, Barbara DiTata, Robert Joyce, Barry Kluger, Gerald McEnroe, Kevin McGlynn, Yvette Morales, Steven Pasichow, Steven Perez, Deirdre Power, Pat Russo, Ann Ryan, Ned Schwartz, and Tom Sommero.
Steve described the joint CFE/AIG training session that was held on December 3, 2012 in Trenton, New Jersey. Steve said that the topic was Ethics and the room was sold out with 100 attendees. Many of the attendees were from New Jersey government agencies and from private businesses. Both CPE and CLE credits were provided to attendees.
Steve announced that the Chapter has been asked to conduct the National Association Conference in October 2014 (possibly within the last two weeks of October). Steve described the previous conference that our Chapter sponsored in Newark in November 2010. Although this seems like it is a long way off in the future, Steve said that it is a great deal of work, and he will be looking for people to assist in the effort. Particularly, Steve said that we will need high quality speakers for the conference. Ned Benton said that the conference rooms in the new John Jay College building might be available to us for the conference. Hotel arrangements will have to be made as well.
Steve described that he received a call from an FBI agent who was looking for contact information of local law enforcement offices in this region. Steve said that he believed this was part of an outreach effort, as opposed to a specific investigation. Steve submitted to the group the idea of providing the FBI agent with the list of the Chapter members. The idea was mentioned about inviting the FBI agent to an upcoming meeting so that the agent can describe the outreach effort. All in attendance agreed on this idea.
Ned Benton discussed the idea of the Chapter participating in conducting workshops for the students at John Jay College (“JJC”). JJC could pay the Chapter an honorarium of $500 for its expenses. There would be approximately 50-100 students, and the topics could be wide-ranging, practical law enforcement topics. The days and times are flexible and Chapter members could receive CPE credit for their time as instructors and attendees.
Ivette described her investigative/audit experience with non-profits as one possible topic. Deirdre mentioned the use GPS as an investigative tool as another topic. Mary Jane mentioned SEC investigations. Ned Benton mentioned the topic of misconduct in the mental health field.
Ned said that we could invite Chapter members to attend the sessions for no charge. Non-members would be charged a fee. Ned will create a “survey monkey”, send it to Steve, who will then distribute the survey to the Chapter members. This will enable us to get ideas from the members and gauge their interest.
Steve said that the Chapter currently has 116 members: 70 are from law enforcement/OIG agencies, and 46 are JJC faculty and students. Ned said that there was a mistake and that the number of JJC members is actually higher, and that he will correct these figures. Steve encouraged people to mention the Chapter to others and encourage new members. Steve Perez suggested that we try to link our website to CIGE in an effort to have more exposure. It was also suggested that we a obtain list of federal OIG employees on the Audit side of the OIG house to see if anyone would be interested in joining the Chapter.
Steve said that the Chapter has approximately $4,000 in its fund. He said that it was decided that the Chapter would not maintain its own checking account but utilized the services of National AIG to maintain our finances and issues checks/funds as needed.
With no other business items, Steve adjourned the meeting at 9:50 am.