Broward County School Board Wants to Hire Inspector General

Posted on May20, 2016
On May 17, 2016, members of the Broward County School Board asked their staff to investigate the idea of hiring an inspector general. Board member Laurie Rich Levinson, who brought forward the idea, said extra scrutiny was needed as the district starts construction work through its $800 million voter-approved bond. She also pointed to recent issues, including a $3.5 million budget shortfall in the district's police department. Other board members agreed extra layers of oversight would be beneficial. "We're being…
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Florida Whistle-Blower Wins Vindication

Posted on January20, 2015
Candace Carter, a former biological science technician at Canaveral National Seashore, has won a whistle-blower retaliation ruling. Carter first alerted the Office of Inspector General about misconduct including nepotism and contracting violations in 2011. After an initial investigation found wrongdoing, Carter again alerted the OIG in 2014 that the staff continued to split purchases to smaller dollar amounts to avoid competitive bids. While park officials will not comment because of privacy rights, additional training has been provided to the staff…
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Miami-Dade IG Uncovers Airport Insurance Scam

Posted on January09, 2015
A recent press release from Miami-Dade Inspector General Mary T. Cagle reported that the OIG investigation into insurance company Sabal Insurance Group had found over $400,000 in over-billing to Miami-Dade's airport and Quality Aircraft Services Inc. The insurance company and president, Ian Norris, were charged with five counts of grand theft after inflating prices for workers compensation and general liability insurance. The investigation was launched thanks to a whistle-blower who came forward and outlined the scheme. According to the warrant,…
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DHS OIG Releases Report on FEMA Response to Hurricanes

Posted on January05, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security's OIG released a report stating that the federal government overpaid for disaster recovery after hurricanes in Florida by potentially $177.2 million. The audit tracked payments made following seven hurricanes in Florida from 2004-2005. The OIG found that the Florida department of FEMA that handled the disaster claims "did an inadequate job reviewing insurance plans, providing funds for damages that insurance should have covered." The audit also concluded that the Florida Recovery Office knew that private…
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New Palm Beach County Inspector General starts work

Posted on July09, 2014
New county Inspector General John Carey started work this week and out-going Inspector General Sheryl Steckler’s last day at work is scheduled to be Friday. Steckler was the county’s first-ever inspector general, a position created as part of the ethics reforms prompted by a string of local government corruption scandals. Read the entire article at Sun Sentinel
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State IG closes probe into former Manatee school officials

Posted on July03, 2014
The financial activities of the Manatee County School District's former senior leadership team doesn't warrant further investigation, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The letter, signed by Inspector General Mike Blackburn, states district officials can contact him if more evidence is found or new allegations arise. Read the entire story at Bradenton Herald
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Dockery: Fla. inspectors general finally get respect

Posted on July01, 2014
The Legislature passed and the governor just signed HB 1385, which should reduce the influence of state agency heads over the IGs whose job it is to audit and investigate their agencies. Before the law change, state agency heads were able to appoint and remove their IGs, which created built-in conflicts of interest. Read the entire article at Florida Today
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Florida inspector general recommends limits to pay for college presidents

Posted on May22, 2013
Florida Inspector General Melinda Miguel recommended in a report issued Monday that parameters be established for college presidents’ pay, leave benefits and expectations for performance. Miguel said in the report — prompted in part by the $1 million exit contract given to former Florida State College at Jacksonville president Steve Wallace — that compensation varied tremendously among the 28 state colleges in the system of state and community colleges. The presidents’ pay ranged from $143,000 to $630,000, Miguel wrote, and…
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Inspector General: Hallandale Beach ‘grossly mismanaged’ millions in public funds

Posted on March07, 2013
Broward’s Inspector General has found that Hallandale Beach officials “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in public funds “entrusted to the care of its Community Redevelopment Agency,” according to a report obtained by “The [Office of Inspector General] investigation substantiated the allegations and uncovered numerous deficiencies in the city’s administration of the CRA,” says the 50-page preliminary report. The report has not been released publicly. Investigators said they found at least $2.2 million in questionable CRA expenditures between 2007 and…
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Governor Endorses Full-Time Inspector General in Florida

Posted on December13, 2012
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday called for the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation to hire a full-time Inspector General and submit to an ongoing third-party review of the policies it sells. Scott said Floridians need to be reassured that past missteps do not repeat themselves at the agency, which has grown from an insurer of last resort to the largest property insurer in the state. "We cannot have mismanagement," Scott said after a cabinet meeting. "It is a state-organized…
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