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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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

  1. Conduct investigations, audits, and reviews relating to department staff, inmates, operations and contracts.
  2. Identify instances of fraud, abuse, and other deficiencies relating to department programs and operations; inform the Secretary of those conditions; recommend corrective action; and report on progress made in correcting deficiencies.
  3. Advise in the development of performance measures and standards for the evaluation of agency programs.
  4. Operate contraband interdiction and inmate drug testing programs.
  5. Coordinate department activities required by the Florida Whistle-blower's Act.
  6. Coordinate audit and investigative efforts, and facilitate cooperation with external agencies including the Auditor General, OPPAGA, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Vision:  Enhancing Public Trust in Government.

Mission:  Provide leadership in the promotion of accountability and integrity of State Government.

Goal:  Add value to organization.

  1. Survey stakeholders - senior management and others - to determine expectations and needs;
  2. Identify statewide risks and threats;
  3. Provide timely and pertinent information to decision makers; and
  4. Assess internal controls and facilitate improvements to help assure the successful implementation of management’s goals.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

To meet the growing needs of a rapidly expanding Department of Corrections, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has maximized the efficient use of limited resources by addressing those matters of greatest concern and vulnerability to fraud and abuse. Primary services provided by the OIG include the following:

  1. OIG facilitates and directs a computerized “management information network” that keeps designated key managers informed of events as they occur at correctional facilities throughout the state.  This information network:

    • Provides an incident/event reporting system for all areas of the department, enabling early identification of problems and timely allocation of investigative and corrective resources.
    • Collects statewide data for use by key correctional managers in developing strategies to address areas of concern.
    • Provides timely flow of information to management and, through the Public Information Office, to the public.
    • Leads the department's effort to maintain cooperative working relationships with the Department of Law Enforcement and other state and federal law enforcement and investigative agencies.

  2. OIG certified law enforcement and correctional inspectors conduct criminal and administrative investigations inside state correctional facilities.  Inspectors:

    • Conduct criminal investigations of felonies in state correctional facilities and coordinate those activities with other law enforcement and investigative agencies including prosecution through State Attorneys offices.
    • Conduct administrative investigations into allegations of misconduct by staff and/or offenders in state correctional facilities, and coordinate these investigations with appropriate departmental staff.
    • Provide timely intervention in areas of identified concern, thereby reducing the potential escalation of incidents such as staff disputes and inmate escape attempts.

  3. OIG Intelligence Unit and Contraband Interdiction teams assist the Office of Institutions in providing a safe environment for employees, inmates, and visitors by deterring the introduction of weapons and drugs into correctional facilities.  Interdiction teams:

    • Maintain an automated tracking system for contraband seized in state correctional facilities.
    • Conduct unannounced interdiction operations.
    • Review contraband control procedures at state correctional facilities for compliance with department policy and procedure

  4. OIG auditors assess the efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs and associated controls, measure compliance with laws and procedures, and serve as a watchdog to deter waste, fraud and abuse of agency resources.  Audit staff:

    • Conducts compliance and performance audits in accordance with professional auditing standards.
    • Evaluates the effectiveness of the Department's management of contracts, reports findings, and recommends actions to correct deficiencies.
    • Assists inspectors with investigations involving fraud, waste, or misappropriation of funds.
    • Serves as the department's liaison with the Office of the Auditor General and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability on audits and performance reviews completed by those offices

Organizational Chart: Secretary of Corrections: Walter A. McNeil, Inspector General Paul C. Decker, Deputy Inspector Walt Murphree, Cheif of internal audit Donald Miller, Chief of Investigations Douglas Stephens

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