July 10, 2007
OIGs’ Law Enforcement Response During Emergencies
Committee At the June 20 Investigations Committee Emergency Response Catalog Form is being sent
Members meeting, Office of Personnel Management out to the IG community for development of a
(OPM) Special Agent (SA) Michelle Schmitz database and requested a central point of contact
Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr. provided a briefing on Emergency Support for the OIG community. DHS IG Rick Skinner
IG SSA, Chair Function (ESF) #13 and the OIGs’ role in its will serve in this capacity.
Christine Boesz implementation. Norm Brown, in the DHS OIG, is collecting
IG NSF In the summer of 2006, OPM OIG was OIG responses to the Catalog Form. At the
Paul Brachfield tasked to develop a draft memorandum of same time, they are developing procedures
IG NARA understanding between the IG community and with the U.S. Marshalls office for mass
Charles Coe the Department of Justice (DOJ) on emergency deputation and coordination with States for
AIG DOE response in a national emergency. The draft local deputation, to assure that OIG staff have
Glenn Fine was sent to DOJ for review and that agency the appropriate legal authority in an emergency
IG DOJ noted that the OIGs’ role should instead be situation. Regarding funding, SA Schmitz
Donald Gambatesa documented in the National Response Plan pointed out that under the Stafford Act, FEMA
IG AID for ESF #13, where the OIGs will be listed as cannot reimburse for salaries but can provide
Carl Hoecker supporting agencies. The role of the PCIE/ payment for travel, overtime, and supplies.
IG USCP ECIE will be to coordinate community-wide Response plan training will be offered this
Brian Miller response in the event of an emergency. summer for 3 days, either in the D.C. area or
SA Schmitz informed the Committee that the Emmitsburg, MD.
Bill Roderick Peer Review Guide Update
Acting IG, EPA The original peer review guide for the OIG Committee’s consideration. Any current reviews
Rick Skinner investigations community was finalized in should use the existing guidelines.
IG DHS the 2003–2004 time period and is now being In addition, John Hartman, Chair, AIGI
Eric Thorson updated. A team of six members has developed a Committee, is working with Chuck Coe, AIG
IG SBA second draft which will attempt to streamline the for Audits and Cyber Crime Investigations,
guide, eliminate duplication, give better definition Department of Education, to examine computer
of terms, change the rating system, and introduce forensic operations and integrate that process
best practices. The AIGI Committee hopes into the Peer Assessment Review. The next step
to send the draft to the Chair, Investigations will be to include this topic on the agenda for the
Committee, within the next month for the next Investigations Committee meeting.
IG Academy Update
Angela Hrdlicka, IGCIA Executive Director, topics, including the Academy’s vision, mission,
provided a comprehensive briefing on IG and goals, as well as future curriculum plans and
September 26 – 27,
Academy accomplishments, activities, and funding proposals. Ms. Hrdlicka will reprise
2007 (NOTE DATE
initiatives at the June 20 Investigations her presentation for the full PCIE at its July 10
Committee meeting. She discussed a number of meeting.