Following a federal investigation into corruption in Atlanta government, in February 2019, the Mayor and City Council of Atlanta established a task force to assess the city’s oversight and investigative infrastructure to address fraud, corruption, and abuse by City employees, officials, and those interacting with City government.
The Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust was constituted with appointments of the Mayor, the City Council, and the City Council President of former prosecutors, members of academia, former local government attorneys, residents of the City of Atlanta, and former judges.
The Task Force held five public meetings, during which it received testimony from subject matter experts and members of the public and relevant documentation, including state and local statutes and ordinances.
In October 2019, the Task Force released a report of its findings, with the principal recommendation that the City create an independent Inspector General’s Office. Acting upon the recommendations of the Task Force, in February 2020, City Council passed legislation to form the City’s first Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Empowered to identify and investigate fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption, OIG does this work through two divisions: Independent Procurement Review, responsible for performing pre-audits of the City’s solicitations worth more than one million dollars, to be directed by the Inspector General; and Compliance, responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse, to be directed by the Inspector General.
The Office of the Inspector General is comprised of the Compliance Division and the Independent Procurement Review Division:
The Compliance Division works to identify and eliminate corruption, safeguard city resources, and enhance public trust in city government by espousing adherence to laws, rules, and regulations.
The Compliance Division serves as the watchdog for government operations, ensuring integrity and accountability in the performance of municipal functions. The Compliance Division investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse; educates City employees, elected officials, board members and staff regarding corruption hazards; recommends measures to address vulnerabilities; and holds accountable those found to have engaged in misconduct.
Access reports published by the Compliance Division here.
The Independent Procurement Review Division works to improve transparency and accountability in the city’s procurement process.
The Independent Procurement Review Division develops and executes detailed procedures and testing methods to identify areas of concern in City solicitations. The division reviews procurement records of solicitations with an aggregate value of $1 million or more and provides its assessment to the City Department of Procurement, thus facilitating corrective action before the City Council considers legislation to approve contracts. Before the Office of the Inspector General was established, the Independent Procurement Review team functioned within the City Auditor’s Office.
Access reports published by the IPro Division here.
The Office of the Inspector General exercises jurisdiction over the following City of Atlanta entities:
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