The basic concept behind the Office of the Inspector General is that any institution, a corporation, a university, let alone the institution of government, must build into itself a mechanism for self-criticism and self-correction - John William Ward.
The Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General is the oldest state-level inspector general’s office in the nation. Established in 1981 at the recommendation of the Special Commission Concerning State and County Buildings and its Chairman, John William Ward, the Office was granted a broad mandate under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 12A to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in government.
News and Updates
- Inspector General Council Notice of Meeting 5-11-17
- Inspector General Compensation Sub-Committee Notice of Meeting 5-11-17
- 2016 Annual Report
In 2016, the Office:
- Investigated an allegation that an engineering firm failed to oversee construction of Plum Island’s water and sewer systems, leading to a $5.5 million settlement.
- Addressed over 775 complaints; handled approximately 1,500 Chapter 30B inquires and questions; and provided public procurement training to over 1,600 participants.
- Reviewed South Hadley Electric Light Department’s practices for accruing and paying out unused leave time, leading to a cost-savings of nearly $500,000.
- Examined promising substance use disorder interventions from across the country that MassHealth might replicate and that could lead to public healthcare cost-savings.
- OIG Joint Investigation Results in Westport Trash Hauler’s Fraud Conviction, April 2017
- Inspector General Letter Regarding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Billboard Contract, April 2017
- The Office’s Internal Special Audit Unit (“ISAU”) reviewed certain aspects of the MBTA's contract with Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. (“Clear Channel”) for billboard advertising. The ISAU evaluated whether the MBTA appropriately amended the contract in order to convert eighteen billboards to a digital format. The ISAU also analyzed whether the MBTA was required to hold a public meeting before Clear Channel constructed a billboard on MBTA property in Dorchester. The ISAU found that the MBTA was not required to conduct a new procurement for the digital billboard conversions and the ISAU found no statute, regulation or rule requiring the MBTA to hold a public meeting before allowing a vendor to install a billboard on its property. The ISAU also concluded that while digital billboards should bring in more revenue for the MBTA, a shorter extension for the eighteen digital billboards may have been more favorable to the MBTA.
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