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Inspector General -- Protecting the Trust!

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Citizens of Albuquerque:

I have just completed my first full year as your Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque. I was appointed to this position by the City Council in April 2016, and started near the end of June 2016.  It continues to be my honor and distinct pleasure to serve each of you - the taxpayer and Citizen of this great City!  I owe it to you to ensure that we, in the Office of Inspector General, do our utmost to protect the public trust and instill confidence in City Government.

We accomplish this by responding to allegations of wrongdoing on the part of City Officials, Employees, Contractors and Vendors, and ensuring integrity and ethics are integral to the processes. We are an independent office of the City - we don't work for the Mayor or City Council - we work for You! - And we maintain an unbiased objective position to ensure fairness and impartiality in our investigations and reports.

I would like to highlight a few of the accomplishments of the Office of Inspector General staff during Fiscal Year 2017. Perhaps the most visible in terms of public interest and sentiment was the review of the City’s selection of Axon (formerly TASER) as the contractor to provide the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) with on-body cameras for all police officers.  Our report is available through the “Memos & Reports” link in the left column.  While we did observe some opportunities to improve the “appearance” efforts, the overall process adhered to the City Purchasing Ordinance and internal regulations. 

We also recently completed an investigation of the Animal Welfare Department based on complaints from Department employees. Employees were concerned that the Department was not complying with policy and law.  Our investigation captured the employee sentiments as well as the Department leadership perspective and observed there were some opportunities to improve – though the Department has recently revised Department policy to reflect changes made to the City Ordinance.  The OIG’s concern focused on public safety – it is important to ensure the City makes public safety the number one priority for this Department.

If you have any questions about our role and responsibilities, please contact me at 505-768-3160.  I remain available to you.  If you would like me to visit your organization and discuss the purpose, role and mission of the OIG, please let me know.  We are here to serve you!


David T. Harper


Some background on Inspectors General:

Office of Inspectors General (OIGs) exist at the federal, state and local level, and have a rich history in our Nation’s military. OIGs became prevalent at the federal level following the Inspector General Act of 1978.

While the OIGs in the military have historically focused on mission readiness, by conducting inspections of military organizations, the OIGs in the civilian sector, have focused on ensuring the public’s interest has been safeguarded. This is done by deterring, detecting, and investigating matters involving fraud, waste and abuse, which can include theft, embezzlement and bribery. 

The OIGs, which are typically independent to ensure objective and unbiased investigations, are also generally responsible for identifying opportunities for a government to become more efficient and effective, while promoting ethical, fiscal and legal accountability.

City of Albuquerque OIG:

Our Office will accomplish this mission by preventing, detecting, deterring and investigating fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting the efficiency and effectiveness in the programs and operations of the City of Albuquerque.  

We strive to promote a culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency throughout the City of Albuquerque in order to safeguard and preserve the public trust.

We need your help!  Please report fraud, waste and abuse - it is never too late to do the right thing!

What to Know

Learn more about fraud.

What is a Fraud?

Any knowing deception designed to unlawfully deprive a governmental agency of something of value or to secure a benefit, privilege, allowance, or consideration to which an individual is not entitled. Such practice include, but are not limited to offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements; submitting false claims; falsifying records; arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases and criminal activity.

What is Waste?

The extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions.

What is Abuse?

The intentional or improper use of Governmental resources, such as: misuse of position and authority, or the misuse of tools, vehicles, or office equipment.

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