Association of Inspectors General (AIG) Tidewater Chapter- FAQs

What is the AIG?

The Association of Inspectors General (AIG) is a non-profit, membership organization for agencies and professionals in the IG community. Our mission is to promote “excellence in the inspector general community by establishing and encouraging adherence to quality standards, sponsoring professional development and networking opportunities, certifying individuals in IG-specific disciplines, supporting offices in governmental and external relations, and inspiring governmental entities to embrace the IG model as an effective tool in the fight to combat waste, fraud and abuse.”

What are AIG’s core activities?

• Twice a year in different cities throughout the U.S., the Association sponsors through its Certified Inspector General Institute®™, a week-long training and certification course.  There are 3 distinct courses within the Institute: the Certified Inspector General (for inspectors general and their senior staff); Certified Inspector General Auditor, and Certified Inspector General Investigator.  Upon successful completion of a certification course, which includes a comprehensive examination, the attendees receive certification from the Association signifying that they meet the professional standards of IG, IG Auditor or IG Investigator, as set forth by the Association.

• The Association establishes and maintains the “Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General.” Also known as the “Green Book”, the AIG’s Principles and Standards establish criteria for creating and administering IG offices consistent with best practices within the IG profession.

• The AIG hosts an annual conference to provide educational and networking opportunities for members of the IG community.

• Through the work of AIG local Chapters, the Association sponsors local and regional training sessions and networking events for the local IG community, and provides continuing professional education (CPEs) credits for professional staff.

• Through the website, social media, and online newsletter – the IG News, the Association keeps members informed of news, trends, and developments pertinent to the IG community.

Who runs the AIG?

An elected 37-member board of directors sets the policy for the Association, adopts the annual budget and hires and supervises the work of the executive director. The current President of the Association is Melinda M. Miguel, the Chief Inspector General of the State of Florida. Board Members serve a three-year term of office.  Daily, the AIG is run by Executive Director Philip A. Zisman, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the former IG of the City of Yonkers, NY. The Association’s administrative offices are located at John Jay College.

How many chapters does the AIG have?

The AIG currently has nine chapters: Asia-Pacific (Hawaii), New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, DC/Baltimore, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and our newest chapter, Tidewater, VA.

How do I register as a member?

Refer to the AIG website:  http://inspectorsgeneral.org/join-us/

How much does membership cost?

Individual membership costs $75, student membership costs $15 and chapter membership costs $25.

How often are Institute certification courses held?

The Institute typically offers certification courses twice annually.  Refer to the website for more details: http://inspectorsgeneral.org/about/

How often are conferences held?

Conferences are held annually. Refer to the website for more details.

Can I join the Association if I am not yet employed in the field?

Yes. Registration is open to everyone. Students are also encouraged to register at the special discounted fee of $15.

What networking opportunities are there for members?

Members will have the opportunity to meet and network with IG professionals, students, and other members of the IG community by participating in sponsored events. In addition, as a board-certified member of the National Association of States Board of Accountancy (NASBA), conferences, Institute courses, and training workshop attendees are eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

You may still attend most local AIG Tidewater Chapter events without joining AIG.  However, non-members desiring to attend AIG Institute-sponsored training and certification events will pay a higher tuition fee.

Are there volunteer opportunities for AIG Tidewater Chapter?

Yes, we are still looking for volunteers to fill vacant positions, including Treasurer and other positions for future growth.  Contact the AIG Tidewater Chapter via below e-mail if you are interested.

How do I contact the local AIG Tidewater Chapter?

E-mail AIG Tidewater Chapter at: aig_tidewaterva@cox.net