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The Florida Department of Corrections
has continued to grow dramatically over the past five years. The
agency currently is responsible for 60 major institutions, 81
community-based facilities, and more than 155 probation offices.
The agency employs almost 28,000 individuals who are responsible
for providing custody and care for more than 66,000 inmates, and
community supervision for over 144,000 offenders. The total operating
budget for the agency is approximately $1.5 billion.
This report, required by the Inspector General
Act of 1994, summarizes the activities and accomplishments of
the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector
General, during fiscal year 1997-1998.
Section 20.055, Florida Statutes, defines the
duties and responsibilities of each Inspector General with respect
to the state agency in which the office exists. The statute requires
that the Inspector General submit an annual report of activities
during the preceding fiscal year to the agency head.
This document is presented to the Secretary
to comply with statutory requirements and to provide departmental
staff and other interested parties with an overview of the Office
of the Inspector General's progress in accomplishing its mission
as defined by Florida Law. This report contains a brief description
of the most significant of these activities for the past fiscal
The Office of the Inspector General encompasses
four bureaus: State Investigations, Inspections and Intelligence,
Inmate Grievance Appeals and Internal Audit. These bureaus are
charged with the following general responsibilities:
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 areas of responsibility for the bureaus, and the
benefits they provide, are as follows:
During FY 1997-98, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability issued a report entitled "Review of Bay Correctional Facility and Moore Haven Correctional Facility (97-68)." The review evaluated the costs and benefits of the Correctional Privatization Commission contracts at Bay and Moore Haven correctional facilities, along with the performance of the private contractors, to determine whether the contracts met Legislative mandates.
The Inspector General played an active role in the ongoing evolution of this national association which was formed in October, 1996. Sharing of information among state and local inspectors general from throughout the nation is a primary benefit.
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 of Internal Audit will be assessing the reliability and validity of the information provided in support of performance measures adopted by the Legislature under the 1997-98 General Appropriations Act. The Bureau will also identify management controls in place to ensure the reliability and validity of data which will be provided at the end of FY 1998-99. This data will be used to assist OPPAGA in its justification review of Department programs, which is statutorily required the following year.