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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary



The Office of the Inspector General and its two bureaus, State Investigations and Internal Audit, perform the following functions:

  1. Conduct investigations, audits, and management reviews relating to the staff, programs, and operations of the department.
  2. Inform the Secretary of fraud, abuse, and deficiencies relating to programs and operations administered by the department; recommend corrective action; and report on progress made in implementing corrective action.
  3. Advise in the development of performance measures and standards for the evaluation of agency programs.
  4. Operate the contraband interdiction program, narcotic canine program, and inmate drug testing program.
  5. Coordinate department activities required by the Whistle-blower's Act and "Get Lean Hot-Line" program.
  6. Provide effective coordination and cooperation with the Auditor General, OPPAGA, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  7. As a member of the Governor's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (GCIE), share ideas with other inspectors general for improving the IG function and coordinating activities that cross agency lines.

Mission Statement

To provide the department with an independent review, audit, or investigation of department operations and programs, thereby improving the efficiency and effectiveness of department programs.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

To meet the growing needs of a rapidly expanding Department of Corrections, the Office of the Inspector General has had to maximize the efficient use of its resources by addressing those matters of greatest concern and vulnerability to fraud and abuse. Specific functions and the benefits they provide are as follows:

  1. Manage a statewide computerized management information network and coordinate this activity with other designated key managers.
    • Provide a daily incident/event reporting system from all areas of the department, enabling early identification of problems and timely allocation of investigative resources.
    • Collect statewide data for use by key correctional managers in developing strategies to address problems.
    • Provide for the systematic and coordinated flow of information to the Public Information Office regarding issues of importance to the public and the department.
    • Provide leadership in the department's effort to maintain a strong, formal, cooperative working relationship with the Department of Law Enforcement and other law enforcement and investigative agencies.

  2. Conduct criminal and administrative investigations in state correctional facilities.
    • Provide investigative staff to conduct criminal investigations of felonies in state correctional facilities and to coordinate those activities with other law enforcement and investigative agencies including prosecution through State Attorneys offices.
    • Provide investigative staff to conduct administrative investigations into improper procedures, misconduct on the part of staff and/or offenders in state correctional facilities and offices, and coordinating these activities with appropriate departmental staff.
    • Provide for timely intervention in areas of identified concern to reduce the potential for situations/problems to escalate such as staff disputes, escapee recapture, etc.

  3. Assist the Office of Institutions in providing a safer environment for employees, inmates, and visitors by discouraging the introduction of contraband at state correctional facilities.
    • Maintain an automated tracking system for contraband seized within state correctional facilities.
    • Conduct unannounced interdiction operations.
    • Review contraband control procedures at state correctional facilities for compliance with department policy and procedure.
    • Conduct searches of state correctional facilities for illegal narcotics utilizing certified narcotic canine teams.

  4. Direct the department's safety and risk management program, including staff training and site inspections.

  5. Assume internal audit responsibility for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of management controls and programs to determine compliance with department procedures.
    • Conduct compliance audits in accordance with professional standards.
    • Conduct operational reviews at department facilities and offices to identify management deficiencies and facilitate corrective action.
    • Assist with investigations involving fraud, waste, or misappropriation of funds.
    • Serve as the department's liaison with the Office of the Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability on all audits and performance reviews completed by those offices.

Organization Chart: Secretary of Corrections > Inspector General > Deputy Inspector General > Bureaus

Allocation of Staff Resources: State Investigations 115FTE, Internal Audit 19FTE, Contraband Interdiction 10FTE, Env.Health 69FTE

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