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 Review of the Work Program Requirement for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children, July 2014 file size 1MB
- Changes to Chapter 30B Uniform Procurement Act Thresholds, July 2014
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Fleet Vehicle Operations, July 2014 file size 1MB
Inspector General Letter Commenting on Senate Bill 2021 and and a Proposed Amendment Relative to Water Meters and Energy Management Services - June 2014
The Inspector General wrote to The Honorable Brian S. Dempsey, Chair, House Ways and Means Committee, regarding Senate bill 2021, An Act Improving Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. Section 12A of the bill would amend section 11I of chapter 25A, to allow for energy management services payments to be based on the installation of "metering or related equipment." The Inspector General stated that this change would not save money or promote conservation, but would increase the risk of fraud, waste and abuse.
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