Division of Emergency Management Office of Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) serves as a central point for coordination of and responsibility for activities that promote accountability, integrity, and efficiency within the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). In accordance with section 20.055, Florida Statutes (F.S.), the OIG conducts audits and investigations, and reviews FDEM operations and programs to assist the Division in achieving its mission, “Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.”
OIG Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Office of Inspector General to conduct independent and objective audits, investigations, and reviews that promote economy and efficiency; and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse within the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s programs and operations.
The OIG audit function provides independent and objective, assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve FDEM’s operations, in accordance with section 20.055(6), F.S. Audit activities include conducting audits, management reviews, special projects, and consulting activities. Audit engagements are conducted in accordance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, published by the Institute of Internal Auditors, and where appropriate, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, published by the United States Government Accountability Office. In addition, both audit and investigative activities are conducted in accordance with Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General (green book), published by the Association of Inspectors General.
The OIG investigations function is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), and conducts investigations designed to detect, deter, prevent, and eradicate fraud, waste, mismanagement, misconduct, and other abuses in state government, in accordance with section 20.055(7), F.S. In addition to green book standards, investigative work is conducted in accordance with accreditation standards set forth by the CFA.
The CFA establishes investigative standards, oversees an accreditation program, and awards accreditation to Offices of Inspectors General within the State of Florida that attain specific standards for investigations. By being accredited by the CFA, the OIG investigations function has proven it meets or exceeds the highest professional standards promulgated for Offices of Inspectors General.
Anyone who suspects fraud, waste, abuse, or misconduct relating to an FDEM employee or program can report it to the OIG by:
Telephone: (850) 815-4151 FDEM OIG Fraud Hotline
Postal Mail: Florida Division of Emergency Management
Office of Inspector General
2555 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100
If you want to report serious allegations of wrongdoing on the part of a public employer or independent contractor who is under contract with the State, and you are also a state employee, former state employee, or applicant for state employment, you may qualify for protection including confidentiality of your name and identity in accordance with the Whistle-blower’s Act (Sections 112.3187 – 112.31895, F.S.).
In order to request whistle-blower protection, you must report your information to the Governor’s Chief Inspector General or the applicable agency inspector general. The Chief Inspector General operates a Whistle-blower’s Hotline. You may call the Whistle-blower’s Hotline or send your written complaints to:
P.O. Box 151
Tallahassee, FL 32302
(800) 543-5353 toll-free
(850) 922-1060 in Tallahassee
The Whistle-blower’s Hotline is not for general complaints or suggestions. It is reserved for reporting:
- Any violation or suspected violation of any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation committed by an employee or agent of an agency or independent contractor which creates and presents a substantial and specific danger to the public’s health, safety, or welfare.
- Any act or suspected act of gross mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, gross waste of public funds, suspected or actual Medicaid fraud or abuse, or gross neglect of duty committed by an employee or agency of an agency or independent contractor.