Office of Inspector General

Overview

The School Board of Palm Beach County established the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to:

Incorporate a full-time program of investigation, audit, inspection, and program review.

Provide increased accountability, promote fiscal responsibility, assist management in the establishment and maintenance of effective systems of control, and provide increased oversight in improving District operations.

Assist in improving operations, including deterring, and identifying fraud, waste, abuse, and illegal acts.

Confidential Hotline

To report waste, fraud, corruption, or abuse, please call (855) 561-1010, or click the image below for more information.

School Internal Funds

During Fiscal Year 2015 the OIG performed annual audits of all schools' Internal Funds as required by Florida State Board of Education Rules 6A-1.087(2). The District has a total of 175 schools with Internal Funds Accounts, and a separate audit was conducted for each school. Our findings and recommendations related to these audits had a fiscal impact of $77.7 million in Internal Fund revenues, mostly from (1) fundraising, (2) special trusts, and (3) program fees.

Investigative Activities

The OIG structured, designed, and implemented a Hotline (855-561-1010) in March 2013, to facilitate the receipt of information associated with allegations of corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, etc. The Hotline, operated by a third party vendor, facilitates the reporting of information via telephone or the internet, 24-hours a day. The OIG receives intakes via the hotline, mail, direct phone call, the referral from another department or in person. During Fiscal Year 2015-2016 the OIG received 189 intakes from citizens, employees, vendors, and other interested parties. Most of the volume was received via the hotline and direct call.

Performance Audits and Special Requests

The OIG released a total of 6 performance audits and special review reports during Fiscal Year 2014 that contained recommendations for improvement in control, and operation efficiency and effectiveness. These improvements should result in more effective and cost-efficient delivery of services to our students. The total fiscal impact from our performance audits was $361,610, including $43,028 in questioned costs, and $318,582 in cost savings or increase in revenues.

Compliance and Quality Control

The Compliance and Quality Control function of the OIG helps ensure quality audit and investigative reports, and full compliance with all professional standards. This function (1) follows up on all audit or investigation recommendations issued by the OIG and external auditors and agencies, (2) serves as the liaison to other departments and agencies, (3) monitors and helps to acquire necessary professional development, certifications, and training for all OIG staff, (4) assists in developing the Annual Work Plan, and (5) recommends updates and revisions to the OIG Policy and Procedures Manual to further ensure a consistently high level of audit quality.

Professional Development

The OIG and its staff participate as members of the Association of Inspectors General (AIG), a national organization of state, local and federal Inspectors General and their staffs. Collectively, our staff possess 10 advanced degrees, and 30 professional certifications, including Certified Inspector General (CIG), Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA), Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) , Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

HOTLINE

Call Toll-Free:

(855) 561-1010

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Office of Inspector General

3300 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite C-306
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
inspectorgeneral@palmbeachschools.org
Office:
561.434.7335
Fraud Hotline:
855.561.1010
Fax: