Office of Inspector General
The mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to protect and promote public integrity and accountability within the Office of Early Learning (OEL) through audits and investigations that detect fraud, waste and abuse, and administrative violations.
Authority, Responsibility and Independence
The authority and responsibilities of the OIG are established in Section 20.055, Florida Statutes (F.S.). These responsibilities include the following activities:
- Advising in the development of performance measures, standards and procedures for the evaluation of state agency programs.
- Assessing the reliability and validity of the information provided by the state agency on performance measures and standards, and making recommendations for improvement, if necessary, before submission of such information to F.S. 216.1827.
- Reviewing the actions taken by the state agency to improve program performance and meet program standards and making recommendations for improvement, if necessary.
- Providing direction for, supervising and coordinating audits, investigations and management reviews relating to the programs and operations of the state agency.
- Conducting, supervising or coordinating other activities carried out or financed by the state agency for the purpose of promoting economy and efficiency in the administration of, or preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in, its programs and operations.
- Keeping the agency head or, for state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor, the Chief Inspector General (CIG) informed concerning fraud, abuses and deficiencies, and reporting on the progress made in implementing corrective action.
- Ensuring effective coordination and cooperation between the Auditor General, federal auditors and other governmental bodies with a view toward avoiding duplication.
- Reviewing, as appropriate, rules relating to the programs and operations of such state agency and making recommendations concerning their impact.
- Ensuring that an appropriate balance is maintained between audit, investigative and other accountability activities.
Pursuant to legislative intent, the OIG also administers the public assistance fraud referral process for OEL and coordinates the process with external partners to ensure maximum efficiency.
The Inspector General reports functionally to the Florida CIG and administratively to the OEL Executive Director. Pursuant to state statute, the OIG has full, free and unrestricted access to all OEL activities, records, data, properties, functions and personnel necessary to effectively discharge its responsibilities.
Inspector General Code of Ethics
The OIG staff is responsible for providing objective and independent reviews of OEL and must conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner. OIG staff must ensure that they are knowledgeable of and comply with OEL's Standards of Conduct. OIG personnel are to comply with the Code of Ethics for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of Inspectors General (AIG), Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes, Ethics and Personal Responsibility of the Governor's Code of Ethics.
Filing a Complaint
If you know that one of our employees, a contractor, child care service provider, parent or other benefit recipient has done something wrong, such as falsifying records, committing fraud, or wasting or mismanaging state personnel, equipment or money, use this complaint form to provide information. Contact the OIG with your report at 850-717-8605, fax 850-745-2536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. OIG staff will review your complaint and investigate it or refer it to the appropriate office.
Other Avenues of Reporting Complaints Include:
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints are handled by your local EEO Office https://www.eeoc.gov/ or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) https://fchr.myflorida.com/.