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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

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Introduction

Organization/Duties

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

  1. Conduct criminal and administrative investigations, audits, and reviews relating to department operations, contracts, staff, inmates, visitors and volunteers.
  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.
  7. Provide critical intelligence information to law enforcement agencies across the state and nation through the FDLE Fusion Center network.
  8. Work closely with other law enforcement agencies and state's attorneys' offices to ensure timely prosecution of criminal cases.

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. Surveying stakeholders - senior management and others - to determine expectations and needs;
  2. Identifying statewide risks and threats;
  3. Providing timely and pertinent information to decision makers; and
  4. Assessing internal controls and facilitating improvements to help assure the successful implementation of management's goals.
  5. Conducting investigations and audits that are complete, timely and accurate reflections of truth.

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 an automated "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.

  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, cell phones, narcotics and other contraband into correctional facilities. Interdiction teams:

    • Conduct unannounced interdiction operations in both state and private correctional facilities.
    • 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 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.
    • Conducts contract management reviews which enhance accountability and oversight over the department's contracts for goods and services.

Organizational Chart: Inspector General Gene Hatcher, Deputy IG and Chief of Investigations Chester Green, Deputy IG and Chief of Special Ops, Chief of Internal Audit Paul Strickland