Monthly Archives: January 2017

The IG Empowerment Act: Passed!

Posted on January25, 2017
In December, we posted a blog about the the IG Empowerment Act's pending death in 2016.  Fortunately, the Senate did take the bill up in their last few days in session, and HR 6450 became law on the 16th of December.  The bill's text is available here. This bill’s critical feature is allowing Inspectors General offices to review information pertinent to an investigation even if it is subject to privacy protections that have been used in the past to shield…
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Using Twitter to Communicate IG Results to the Public

Posted on January22, 2017
Although Inspectors General do critical work, unfortunately many citizens are unaware of the work they do.  Part of this may be because effective investigators aren’t fond of braggadocio – they understand that their work requires discretion, and don’t make a habit of oversharing.  Sharing the results of completed investigations with the public, however, is a great way to help support the fact that IG offices save far more money than they cost, and that they do important work that’s worthy…
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Staying On Top of Your Investigative Team’s Performance

Posted on January13, 2017
As an investigative office, you’re probably required to report certain data to an oversight committee regularly.  But while that data provides insight into the long-term performance of your agency, there are also benefits to reviewing results more regularly than the mandated once-a-quarter or once-every-six-months.   Here are a few data points that your case management software should be delivering to your inbox weekly.       Case Volume Data - This top-line data should be among the easiest information to access…
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Is Your Investigations Group Prepared for Workforce Turnover?

Posted on January09, 2017
Government employee turnover is always highest around new administrations coming into power, and this year shows no sign of being any different.  If you haven’t yet faced an exodus, what can you do to prepare yourself for coming retirements?   Here are a few tips to ensure that your team continues to function well through departures, gaps in coverage and the integration of new team members. Design and Document Standard Operating Procedures:  The worst time to discover that there’s no description…
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