The Inspector General played an active role in the ongoing evolution of this national association which was formed in October, 1996. Fred Schuknecht was elected to the board of directors in November, 1998, and subsequently was elected treasurer for the association. Sharing of information among state and local inspectors general from throughout the nation is a primary benefit, as well as the association's new certification of IG's effort.
The Inspector General is an active member and attends the regularly scheduled meetings of Florida's inspectors general. Open communication among the IG's and the Chief Inspector General continues to enhance the effectiveness of the IG community.
The Bureau of Internal Audit participates in several professional organizations, including the Audit Director's Roundtable, Institute of Internal Auditors, Florida Audit Forum, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Association of Certified Public Accountants. These organizations promote progress and professionalism in the field through sharing of ideas and best practices.
The Investigators' Roundtable brings together members of investigative units of the Inspector Generals' offices for each agency on a monthly basis to identify best practices and discuss common issues. These meetings promote progress through the sharing of ideas and best practices among state agencies.
The Financial and Compliance Audit Section of the Bureau of Internal Audit is responsible for monitoring the agency's progress in developing performance measures. During FY 1998-99 the bureau assessed the reliability and validity of the information provided in support of performance measures adopted by the Legislature under the 1998-1999 General Appropriations Act. Based on our audit, we found internal control weaknesses in the definition, documentation and calculation of certain performance measures and in the control structure of certain databases designed to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance measure outputs and outcomes. The data from our audit will be used to assist OPPAGA in its justification review of department programs, and will also provide for correction of weaknesses in the measurement system.