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Jefferson council approves changes to consultant’s contract

Posted on July07, 2014
A consultant aiding in the proposed lease of West Jefferson Medical Center to LCMC Health was switched from a flat fee to an hourly rate for his work on the deal during a Jefferson Parish Council meeting Thurs., bringing the contract in line with a recommendation from the parish’s inspector general. Read the entire article at The New Orleans Advocate
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Desire Street Ministries project dinged by federal inspector general

Posted on July02, 2014
Upended by Hurricane Katrina, Desire Street Ministries hoped it could return to New Orleans through the aid of a $10.1 million federal disaster grant it received in 2009. With that money, the nonprofit has plans to build a "community wellness center" where its school once stood on Desire Parkway. Desire Street so far has only spent $1.8 million of its $10.1 million grant. Read entire article at The Times-Picayune
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New Orleans inspector general’s office reasserts right to audit parish agencies

Posted on May01, 2014
The New Orleans Office of the Inspector General would have the authority to audit the sheriff, the coroner, the courts, the district attorney, the state Recovery School District and dozens of independent charter schools if an appeals court accepts the inspector general's interpretation of state and city law. Read the entire article at The Times-Picayune  
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Louisiana Health Department Hires Inspector General

Posted on May17, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new inspector general to review spending and fight fraud. The hiring of William Root, announced Wednesday, comes after Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration canceled a nearly $200 million Medicaid contract whose award is being investigated by state and federal officials. Root will not be involved in those investigations, according to DHH. Root will work as both inspector general and chief compliance officer at DHH, overseeing audit efforts,…
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Inspector General bill for St. Tammany Parish will not be filed

Posted on April24, 2013
A bill to create an inspector general's position for St. Tammany Parish will not be submitted for the current legislative session as planned due to home-rule charter and constitutional concerns, state Sen. A.G. Crowe announced Wednesday. Crowe, R-Pearl River, said he will introduce a Senate resolution to form a task force to come up with a state law to create the IG office. The formation of the task force will not delay the creation of the watchdog office, and the…
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Jefferson Parish Inspector General finds community eager for change

Posted on April24, 2013
How hungry are the residents, officials and business people in Jefferson Parish for change? Newly minted Inspector General David McClintock said he’s been on the job for a little more than a month, and he’s already received a double handful of tips and leads despite not having an office, staff or publicly published number. That hunger has been somewhat surprising to McClintock as he’s tried to build Jefferson Parish’s first Inspector General’s Office from scratch. McClintock said people in Baltimore…
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Jefferson Parish Inspector General Board Begins Interviewing Finalists

Posted on January25, 2013
Jefferson Parish's inspector general board began interviewing three finalists for the job Wednesday, questioning the candidates in both public and private sessions. First up was Nicholas Schuler Jr., deputy inspector general for Chicago public schools. Members of the Jefferson Parish Ethics and Compliance Commission, gather for an interview for a new inspector general for the parish. The group was interviewing Nicholas Schuler Jr., center, on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Airport Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com |…
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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to Hire an Inspector General

Posted on January23, 2013
The state Department of Health and Hospitals is getting ready to hire an internal inspector general to help it with Medicaid fraud prevention efforts. The legislative auditor issued a report finding improper payments and falsification of documents in several programs in which it did spot checks. It was the fifth finding of ineffective audit controls in the non-emergency medical transportation program. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips tells The Advocate the internal inspector general's main role will be to assess risk and…
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