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Inspector General -- Protecting the Trust!

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Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI):  Funding Integrity: Comparing Inspector General Funding Approaches 

http://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/public-integrity/funding_integrity_comparing_inspector_general_funding_approaches.pdf 

This CAPI publication takes a look at the different funding mechanisms for Offices of Inspector General at several state and municipal level OIGs and how the method of funding can affect the independence and impairment of the OIG. The City of Albuquerque’s OIG’s funding is included in the Mayor’s annual budget proposal to the City Council who can accept the proposed funding or change it. A preferred method used in cities like Chicago include the funding as an annual percentage of the operating budget.  Miami-Dade has a hybrid approach by including a fixed .25 percent of the costs of all contracts and also has a legislated amount that can change year to year based on the needs.

Watch the GovTV "Employee Health - Mind, Body & Spirit" Video - Dr. Julia Bain's interview of the City of ABQ Inspector General

Inspector General

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens of Albuquerque:

I have now been on the job for a year and eight months - can't believe in just four months I'll be half way through my four-year appointment.  We've come a long way and continue to forge ahead.   We continue to serve each of you - the Citizens of this Great City of Albuquerque!   Our greatest priority is still the Protection of the Public Trust!  We are and always be objective, apolitical, independent and focused on serving each of you.

We accomplish our mission by responding to allegations of wrongdoing on the part of City Officials, Employees, Contractors and Vendors, and ensure integrity and ethics are integral to the processes. To emphasize again -- 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 this past year.  We completed a comprehensive inspection of the City's historic compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is a Civil Rights Act.  We conducted an investigation of allegations that a Council candidate was not complying with campaign finance rules, we conducted another investigation pertaining to the Animal Welfare Department, and we recently announced that we are reviewing the Albuquerque Rapid Transit ("ART") project, to ensure laws, ordinances, regulations and required processes were followed.  

The OIG’s priorities remain on the prevention, deterrence, detection and investigation of: 

1. Potentially significant contract fraud that can lead to the recovery of monetary losses to the City and ensure projects don't pose health and safety risks to the public.

2. Corruption of City elected and appointed leaders, as well as employees entrusted with important responsibilities -- we must ensure the integrity of the people and processes are not compromised.

3. Systemic occupational fraud - we endeavor to fight the abuse of one's position to perpetrate fraud against the Citizens. 

4. In addition to conducting investigations of alleged wrongdoing, we will proactively conduct inspections and reviews of programs and projects to ensure the compliance of all federal, state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, policies and processes.

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!

Respectfully,

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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