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 2-11-16
- Supplemental Report Regarding the Hinton Drug Laboratory, February 2016
- Over the course of eighteen months, the OIG conducted a comprehensive review of over 15,000 drug samples originally tested between 2002 and 2012 at the Hinton Drug Lab. The OIG was focused on certain samples that the Hinton Drug Lab had repeatedly tested, with inconsistent results, but had typically only reported the final result to the parties in the corresponding criminal case. The OIG did not find any widespread testing inaccuracies. Additionally, during its investigation, the OIG found that the Hinton Drug Lab had classified two substances – benzylpiperazine (“BZP”) and 5-methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (“Foxy”) – as Class E controlled substances, when, in fact, neither substance was illegal under Massachusetts law. The OIG's first report on the Hinton Drug Lab is available at: Investigation of the Drug Laboratory at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute 2002 – 2012 - Executive Summary
- Certain Activities of Massachusetts Bay Community College Employees, January 2016
- The Office found evidence that two employees of Massachusetts Bay Community College’s (MBCC) Facilities Department, a father and son, conducted private landscaping work during their MBCC work hours using school equipment and personnel. The Office’s investigation also found evidence that the two men falsified time sheets and took other steps to avoid being detected. The investigation also revealed that their supervisor failed to adequately oversee the Department’s employees and property, allowing the men to misuse school property and receive overtime for hours they did not work.
- The Internal Special Audit Unit’s Investigation of Commodity Price Fluctuations at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation
- The Office identified over $179,000 in overpayments to a MassDOT paving contractor. The contractor retained the overpayment for several years until the Office notified MassDOT of the error. The investigation also revealed weaknesses in MassDOT’s contract administration, including non-compliance with state law, inaccurate payments to paving contractors, significant contract closeout delays, lack of required asphalt testing and missing documentation to support payments.
- MassHealth’s and the Health Safety Net’s Management of Healthcare and Healthcare Costs for Super-Utilizers - Executive Summary - January 2016
- Full report: MassHealth’s and the Health Safety Net’s Management of Healthcare and Healthcare Costs for Super-Utilizers, January 2016
The OIG reviewed MassHealth’s and the Health Safety Net’s management of healthcare services for super-utilizers (individuals who use a large amount of healthcare resources). The review discusses the programs that are, or could be, in place to ensure that super-utilizers are receiving clinically appropriate services delivered in a cost-effective manner, and it identifies opportunities for MassHealth to improve its program integrity activities and reduce the potential for fraud, waste, or abuse that increase healthcare costs.
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