- 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.
- MCPPO Registration Form January - June 2016
The Office has issued a printable copy of the current MCPPO Registration Form, including a list of all seminars, dates, locations and costs.
- January 2016, Vol. 22, #1, Procurement Bulletin
Inside the January 2016 Procurement Bulletin
The Bulletin includes articles on:
- Emergency Procurements
- Fraud and Cell Phones
- Appointing a CPO
Also, the Bulletin includes the January to June 2016 MCPPO class schedule and registration form.
- OIG Investigation Leads to Indictments of Two Former Buzzards Bay Water District Employees, November 2015
- First Assistant Inspector General Natalie S. Monroe Honored
- Inspector General's Review of 2013 Property Transactions Between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Red Sox
- Inspector General's Westfield State University Investigation Team Honored at Manuel Carballo Awards Ceremony, September 2015
- Inspector General's Letter to the Operational Services Division Regarding the State Surplus Property Office, October 2015
- Inspector General's Letter to the Wayland School Committee Concerning the METCO Program Director, September 2015
- Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha's Testimony on State Land Transactions, September 2015
- Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha's Testimony on Municipal Land Transactions, September 2015
- OIG Joint Investigation Leads to Charges Against Two Former Employees at a Roxbury Subsidized Housing Development, September 2015
- OIG Investigation Leads to Indictment of the Former Executive Director of the Burlington Housing Authority for Using the Authority’s Credit Card for Personal Expenditures, September 2015
- Inspector General's Letter to Framingham Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, August 2015
- IG's Westfield State University Investigation Team Receives Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service, June 2015
- The Westfield State University Investigation Team reviewed the spending practices of the then-president of Westfield State University (WSU), Evan S. Dobelle, and uncovered tens of thousands of dollars of personal spending on WSU credit cards, lavish travel and other abuses of public funds. Through the Commonwealth's Performance Recognition Program, the Team was recognized for its outstanding contributions and service to the citizens of Massachusetts.
- Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito sent a congratulatory letter to the Team for being selected as a recipient of the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award. Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service to the Office of the Inspector General, June 2015
- Also, see the Human Resources Division Announcement.
- Carballo Awards Ceremony, September 24, 2015 Inspector General's Westfield State University Investigation Team Honored at Manuel Carballo Awards Ceremony, September 2015
- Inspector General Glenn Cunha Testimony on House 10, An Act Relative to Chapter 30B, June 2015
- Inspector General Glenn Cunha Testimony on House 14, An Act Relative to Higher Education Boards of Trustees, June 2015