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Serving the Public during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Greetings,

As 2020 comes to a close and we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will do everything we can to help protect our communities from fraud, waste and abuse of public funds and resources. Our Office remains fully operational, and we encourage you to use our services whenever necessary. 

Conducting investigations and providing technical assistance takes time, expertise and commitment, and the current public health crisis has made this work even more challenging. As such, I would like to thank all OIG employees — division directors, investigators, instructors, lawyers, technical and support staff, interns and fellows — who work so hard every day to fulfill our statutory mandate. I would also like to thank individuals outside of the office who collaborate with us, as well as members of the public who use our hotlines to share tips that help us identify and investigate allegations of fraud, waste and abuse of government resources. We could not accomplish our mission without you, and I am grateful for your support.

In 2021, we will continue to provide you with easy-to-access technical assistance related to public procurement, even as many employees work remotely. In addition, because we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students in our Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) classes about our online training format, we will continue to offer MCPPO classes online in the coming year. Indeed, we hope to expand our class offerings for individuals who need the flexibility of a self-paced learning environment. Finally, we will implement several changes to our MCPPO designations to make the application and renewal process more inclusive. You can find more information about these changes in this issue, and we will provide additional information on our website soon.

As always, thank you for your time and consideration in reviewing the OIG Bulletin and all of our other publications. This edition of the OIG Bulletin includes content from the OIG’s Division of State Police Oversight, our Policy and Government Division and our Regulatory and Compliance Division.

We will keep you informed as we manage this crisis together. Stay safe and stay connected.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn Cunha's signature

 

 

 

Glenn A. Cunha

Downloads for OIG Bulletin, November 2020: A Letter from Inspector General Glenn Cunha

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