Within each Office of Inspector General, there are two distinct functions: audits and investigations.
The audit function is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the agency’s operations or operations funded by the agency. In carrying out the audit responsibilities, the Inspector General reviews and evaluates internal controls to ensure fiscal accountability of the agency. Audits are conducted in accordance with professional auditing standards.
In carrying out the investigative duties, the Inspector General initiates, conducts, supervises, and coordinates investigations designed to detect, deter, prevent, and eradicate fraud, waste, mismanagement, misconduct, and other abuses in government. Each Inspectors General Office also conducts investigations pursuant to the Whistle-blower’s Act (Sections 112.3187-112.31895, Florida Statutes).
Inappropriate employee acts or omissions that result in client injury, abuse, neglect or death;
Breaches of confidentiality by an employee, unless inadvertent and self-reported;
Falsification of official records;
Misuse of position or state property, employees, equipment/supplies for personal gain/profit.
Failure to report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a client;
Improper expenditure or commitment of public funds;
Computer related misconduct;
Any violation under §435, F.S., Title XXXI, Employee Screening, that would result in disqualification from client contact duties;
Any other wrongdoing that would be a violation of statute, rule, regulation or policy.
Suspected or confirmed allegations must be reported to the IG within two (2) business days of discovery. The report can be filed by letter, fax or email. Failure to report may be deemed a violation of § 60L-36.005, Florida Administrative Code. The standards of conduct require employees to exercise due care and reasonable diligence in the performance of job duties, to protect state property from loss or abuse, to maintain high standards of honesty, integrity and impartiality, and to place the interest of the public ahead of personal interests. Any violation of these standards will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
The IG will determine the violation type, whose jurisdiction the incident falls under and assign it to that Regional Office for investigation. Then the Regional IG investigates and prepares an Investigative Report that details the findings. The Investigative Report Summary is reviewed by the Inspector General and approved. The Summary report is redacted and posted on the IG website. Any recommended actions or corrective actions are followed up on by identified agency.
All employees are expected to fully cooperate with any investigation or audit conducted by the IG. Refusal to fully ooperate constitutes employee misconduct pursuant to Rule 60L-36.005(3) and (4), Florida Administrative Code, and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
For more information please see the CFOP or the IG website at www.dcf.state.fl.us/admin/ig . The Inspector General can be contacted via email at IG_Complaint@myflfamilies.com or by phone at (813) 375-3922.