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Mission

To assist the Division by providing consistent reviews, evaluations, and recommendations to enhance accountability, efficiency, and integrity in the Division of Emergency Management.

Responsibilities

Section 20.055, Florida Statutes, mandates specific duties and responsibilities for the Office of Inspector General. These responsibilities include:

  • Advising in the development of performance measures, standards, and procedures for the evaluation of state agency programs
  • Reviewing the actions taken by the state agency to improve program performance and meet program standards and make recommendations for improvement, if necessary
  • Providing direction for, supervising and coordinating audits, investigations and management reviews relating to the programs and operations of the state agency
  • Conducting, supervising, or coordinating other activities carried out or financed by the state agency for the purpose of promoting economy and efficiency in the administration of, or preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in, its programs and operations
  • Keeping the agency head informed concerning fraud, abuses, and deficiencies relating to programs and operations administered or financed by the state agency, recommending corrective action concerning fraud, abuses, and deficiencies and reporting on the progress made in implementing corrective action
  • Ensuring effective coordination and cooperation between the Auditor General, federal auditors and other governmental bodies with a view toward avoiding duplication
  • Reviewing, as appropriate, rules relating to the programs and operations of such state agency and make recommendations concerning their impact

Investigations

Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Division of Emergency Management, Office of Inspector General is currently in the process of obtaining accreditation through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. On April 28, 2017, our office is scheduled to undergo an assessment to show that our policies and procedures to conduct investigations is in accordance with accreditation standards.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Inspector General Investigations Function is to promote and protect integrity and accountability in the Florida Division of Emergency Management through investigations that detect, and deter fraud, waste, and abuse.

Single Audit

The Office of Inspector General is responsible for reviewing single and program-specific audits conducted on entities that received financial assistance from the Division.  Single and program-specific audits are conducted by independent auditors in accordance with state and federal requirements. State single audit requirements are contained in Section 215.97, Florida Statutes and federal single audit requirements are contained in 2 CFR Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (previously OMB Circular A-133).

If your agency expended $750,000 or more of federal financial assistance in a fiscal year and/or $500,000 or more of state financial assistance in a fiscal year, you are required to submit your single audit report within 9 months of your fiscal year end.

Questions, concerns, or electronic (PDF) single audit report submissions may be sent to the following email address: DEMSingle_Audit@em.myflorida.com.

Additional information concerning Single Audit can be found at:

Florida Department of Financial Services
Auditor General, State of Florida
Federal Audit Clearinghouse

Filing a Complaint

We recommend that complainants file their complaints with the agency having jurisdiction over the complaint subject matter. For complaints applicable to programs, activities, employees, and other matters under the jurisdiction of the Division of Emergency Management, please contact Ronnie Atkins in the Office of Inspector General at Ronnie.Atkins@em.myflorida.com. The Office of Inspector General will accept complaints filed by e-mail, letter, fax, and telephone. However, it is important to include all pertinent information and contact information from the complainant.

Hotlines

Whistle Blower Hotline

The Office of the Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor, coordinates the activities of the Whistle Blower Act by maintaining the Whistle Blower hotline. The hotline provides state employees with the opportunity to report significant instances of waste, misconduct, or mismanagement with their respective organizations without fear of retaliation.

Get Lean Hotline

The Florida Department of Financial Services operates a Get Lean Hotline to respond to telephone calls applicable to waste, fraud, and abuse within state government and accept suggestions on how the state can save money.

Callers may contact the Department of Financial Services Get Lean hotline 24 hours a day. The Florida Department of Financial Services states that callers may remain anonymous and names are kept confidential, when given.

  • Get Lean Hotline Telephone Number: 1-800-438-5326

Reports

Related Links

Ronnie Atkins, CPA, CIA, CMA
Deputy Inspector General
Ronnie.Atkins@em.myflorida.com
(850) 815-4151

 

 

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March 28, 2017 9:23

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