In the August 2016 Examiner, we posted an article on Ethics and indicated our office had begun an evaluation of department employees’ awareness of the Ethics Policy and its requirements. This is a follow–up to the previous article. Continue reading Determining the Department’s Ethical Environment
In 1989, Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority was launched as a temporary alternative mode of transportation for area commuters during the Interstate 95 and Florida Turnpike expansion. Fast forward to the future, in 2003 the Florida Legislature established the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) with the right to own, operate, maintain, and manage a transit system in the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Still known as Tri-Rail, this commuter rail carries up to 15,000 passengers a day. Continue reading South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
In contrast to all the good ethics Galen Erso demonstrates in considering the impact his actions will have on humanity, the Galactic Empire ignores the consequences of their actions. Continue reading Star Wars Helps Deliver the Message!
by Lori Van Riper A recent complaint investigated by the OIG included allegations of lack of oversight at a department Operations Center (OC) that enabled the misuse of state vehicles and time by the OC staff. The complaint included allegations … Continue reading Integrity Is Doing The Right Thing When No One Is Looking
At the conclusion of our audits and investigations, we send a nine question survey to our customers (department management) to assist us in determining whether or not we have met their needs. We use the responses regarding timeliness, sufficiency, and value added as part of our performance measures and have now included them in our Smart Goals. Continue reading Customer Surveys are In!
To help the vast majority of FDOT’s honest employees and business partners, managers should set the proper “Tone at The Top” by reinforcing awareness of the risks facing anyone who commits willful violations. Managers can also address the likelihood of … Continue reading Let Them Know Someone is Watching
The OIG in partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) recently completed a 3-year criminal investigation into allegations that a prime contractor had billed the department and was paid for work not performed and material quantities not provided. … Continue reading A Costly Outcome (In More Ways Than One)
Errors and Omissions (E&O) are technical inaccuracies, poor quality of work, and design mistakes. The department defines E&O as acts of negligence in the performance of engineering design services, construction engineering inspection services, and the creative work. E&O may result … Continue reading Error and Omissions
From left to right: Moderator CIG Melinda Miguel, DMS Secretary Chad Poppell, HSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes, DCF Secretary Mike Carroll, APD Director Barbara Palmer, and FDOT IG and FCAIG President Bob Clift. Internal audit and investigations are the two key functions statutorily assigned to Offices of Inspector General (OIG) in Florida. Most members of the Inspector General (IG) community are actively involved in professional organizations, such as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of Inspectors General (AIG), and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). In a recent study of Inspectors General, Dr. Matthew D. Harris, Assistant Special Agent … Continue reading Establishing and Maintaining a Trusting Relationship with Your Executive Leadership Team
The Office of Inspector General provides a central point of coordination and responsibility for independent and objective audits, investigations, and other reviews that aim to deter, detect, and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse throughout the Florida Department of Transportation. We … Continue reading OIG Annual Report