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
- The Bureau of Program Integrity’s Update on the Work Program Requirement for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, November 2016 file size 2MB
- This report is a further examination of the Work Program Requirement for the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. Part One of this report is focused on the implementation of the Pathways to Self-Sufficiency program outlined in the 2014 Welfare Reform Statute. Part Two is focused on larger contextual issues related to the Work Program Requirement and the opportunities for collaboration across secretariats related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. The Bureau’s initial report is available at: The Bureau of Program Integrity's Review of the Work Program Requirement for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, July 2014 file size 1MB.
- Former Boston Housing Authority Director Sentenced, November 2016
- Joint OIG Investigation Results in Larceny Convictions for Two Buzzards Bay Water District Employees, October 2016
- Inspector General Council Notice of Meeting 11-3-16
- Advisory for Municipalities and Other Public Awarding Authorities Using Energy Broker Services, October 2016
- The Office reviewed the relationships between public awarding authorities and the energy professionals those entities pay to assist with the purchase of electricity and natural gas for public facilities. In conducting this review, the Office found that many public awarding authorities are not employing a competitive process to procure energy professionals, are failing to adequately monitor payment to energy professionals, and are automatically renewing contracts with energy professionals without an adequate assessment of the services provided. As a result, the Office made numerous recommendations, including that public awarding authorities use a competitive process to procure energy professionals, keep detailed records of services performed by and payments made to these professionals, and attempt to negotiate the rate at which these professionals are paid.
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