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
- IG Letter to South Hadley Electric Light Department regarding Payout Policies to the Manager, May 2016
- The Office has begun a review of South Hadley Electric Light Department’s policies on accrual of leave and compensation for unused leave after being notified that the longtime manager claimed he was entitled to nearly $500,000 in compensation for earned leave. Based on its review to date, the Office found that Doerpholz’s claim relied on a faulty reading of his contract and violated the terms of SHELD’s personnel policies. The Office found that under SHELD’s policies and his contract, Doerpholz was owed a maximum of $15,149 for vacation time and was currently not entitled to any payout for sick time.
- Letter to the Ashland, Sherborn and Norfolk Boards of Health Regarding Addressing the Risks of Time Abuse Across Multiple Jurisdictions, May 2016
- The Office reviewed a complaint of possible time abuse by a full-time employee of the Ashland Board of Health who simultaneously held contracts with the boards of health in Sherborn and Norfolk and served in an elected position in the City of Marlborough. The Office identified timekeeping deficiencies, internal control weaknesses and other issues. The Office requested that the towns and the city conduct a review, address the Office’s recommendations and submit responses by June 30, 2016.
- Amended Inspector General Council Notice of Meeting 5-19-16
- Inspector General Council Notice of Meeting 5-19-16
- Joint OIG Investigation Results in Bribery, Conspiracy Convictions for Two Former Roxse Homes Employees, May 2016
- Two former employees of a housing development in Roxbury pleaded guilty in federal court for conspiring to rent subsidized apartments to ineligible individuals in exchange for bribes. On May 2, Ismael Morales of Jamaica Plain, a former maintenance technician at Roxse Homes in Boston, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and seven counts of bribery. On May 11, Mathis Lemons of Brockton, the former assistant property manager at Roxse Homes, pleaded guilty to the same eight counts.
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