Reporting process: Address Correction Required Frankfort, KY 40601 Suite 61 Wilkinson Blvd Office of Inspector General The OIG maintains a hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and commission of environmental Office of Inspector General crimes in the cabinets’ programs or operations. Cabinet employees or the general public may report allegations at 1-888-564- 0498. Serves Labor, Public Protection and Energy and Environment Cabinets. Issues that should be reported: Fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement within and affecting the cabinets Environmental crimes or other illegal/criminal acts involving the cabinets Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Violations Other Violations of Kentucky Statutes and Regulations Callers are encouraged to provide relevant and specific details of their complaints, Fraud IG including the identity of the person, company or organization alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing. A description of the alleged Waste impropriety; contact numbers; date(s) of alleged wrongdoing; how the caller is aware Abuse of the alleged impropriety; the identity of potential witnesses and the identity and Environmental Crime location of supporting documentation should also be given. KRS 61.102 Reprisal against public employee for disclosure of violations of law prohibited -- Construction of statute. FACTS ABOUT OIG: (1) No employer shall subject to reprisal, or directly or indirectly use, or threaten to use, any official authority or influence, in any History manner whatsoever, which tends to discourage, restrain, depress, dissuade, Mission deter, prevent, interfere with, coerce, or discriminate against any employee who in Structure good faith reports, discloses, divulges, or otherwise brings to the attention of……. Reporting Process suspected mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. No employer shall require any employee to give notice prior to making such a report, disclosure, or divulgence. OIG Organizational Structure History of OIG Mission Statement The OIG is responsible for conducting Special Investigations and Auditing In 1996, the Central Investigations Section Branch (CIS) was created within the Office of administrative and criminal investigations Legal Services (Executive Order # 96-697). involving the Labor, Public Protection and Energy and Environment Cabinets, including violations of environmental laws Special Investigations Section In 1998, the role of CIS had grown. It was and other violations of state statutes and no longer limited to environmental crimes cabinet policies. The office provides The Special Investigations Section conducts and personnel investigations. CIS was quality audit services in an objective civil, administrative and criminal evolving and becoming an entity that manner to ensure the cabinets’ operational investigations necessary for effective and cabinet management came to depend integrity, accountability, efficiency and efficient management of the cabinets. upon to address other management- effectiveness and to determine whether This section also coordinates with external related problems. they are in compliance with the laws and agencies involved in the investigation and regulations of the Commonwealth. prosecution of environmental and other In 1999, CIS was disbanded and OIG was created and attached to the Office of the crimes. Additionally, this section is The OIG strives to prevent, identify, and responsible for the deployment and Secretary. Executive Order # 99-413 eliminate fraud, waste, abuse, and operation of remote surveillance cameras, created OIG. mismanagement. The OIG is dedicated to which are utilized in support of the open providing accurate and impartial dump initiative and other cabinet-related OIG’s creation was codified by the investigative and audit support to cabinet legislature in 2000 (KRS 224.10-025). OIG incidents. management, intra- and inter-agency became an office of (15) personnel. organizations, sister states and federal Three sections were created within OIG: Special Investigations Auditing authorities and to serving as a liaison with one to investigate criminal activity Section the law enforcement community. (cabinet-related statutes), one to address open dumps or activities where electronic The Special Investigations Auditing Section surveillance was needed and one to conducts administrative and criminal address personnel or management-related investigative audits to ensure the cabinets’ issues. operational integrity, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness and to ensure In June 2008, by way of Memorandum of that cabinets are in compliance with laws Agreement, the OIG became a shared and regulations. This section also service agency attached to the Labor coordinates with external agencies involved Cabinet for administrative services and in the investigative audits and prosecution shared by the Labor, Public Protection of crimes. and Energy and Environment Cabinets.
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