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The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) is pleased to announce that State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall has been re- elected to serve a three-year term on the Association of Inspectors General (AIG) Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2024.


The purpose of the Unclaimed Property program is to help reconnect citizens with their assets that have been turned over to the state when companies lose track of the rightful owners.


The Office of the State Inspector General found inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the Clery Act reporting process in higher education institutions after a performance audit was conducted.

Congratulations to Adam Tagert, OSIG’s Newest Deputy Inspector General

The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General is proud to announce Adam Tagert as the new Deputy Inspector General for the Audit Division.


Two OSIG investigations lead to fraud convictions and restitution orders.

The State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline Turns 30!

October 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Office of the State Inspector General’s State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline.


The Office of the State Inspector General staff continue to earn professional certifications in pursuit of boosting their skills to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.


A peer review team commended OSIG for adhering to professional standards and quality controls to ensure that the agency’s work is of the highest possible quality.


OSIG's annual report indicates that investigations, audits and reviews of executive branch agencies resulted in numerous recommendations for improved internal controls, efficiency and effectiveness.


OSIG Audit report finds that Virginia DSS Division of Family Services staff are concerned that the referral tracking system might not be able to maintain functionality.


Special Agent Chris Harris has been promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at OSIG.


Staff from the Office of the State Inspector General received professional certifications at the recent 2022 Association of Inspectors General Institute.

OSIG Staff Sharpen Their Skills for the Good of the Commonwealth

OSIG staff recently obtained certification as members of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

OSIG Finds Lessons Learned Not Implemented During I-95 Snow Incident

In its audit of the 2022 I-95 Snow Incident, OSIG found that the Commonwealth did not apply lessons learned from a previous snow incident.

Shaquey Wragg Adds New Leadership Role to Resume

OSIG Senior Auditor Shaquey Wragg has taken on a new leadership role.

Goodman Adds a New Title to Her OSIG Resume

OSIG has named Chief Katrina Goodman as the new Deputy Inspector General for Investigations.

Commonwealth Dignitaries Help OSIG Mark Its Ten-Year Anniversary

More than 100 guests heard congratulatory remarks from five Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney General and a video greeting from Governor Glenn Youngkin to mark OSIG's 10-year anniversary.

OSIG's audit on snow removal indicates some needed process improvements

Help Wanted for Snow Removal in Virginia

OSIG Ready for Another Busy Year

The Office of the State Inspector General has published its work plan for fiscal year 2023 - June 24, 2022.

OSIG Healthcare Compliance Specialist Adds to Her Skills

Madison McRae has added the Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer certification to her resume

Dignitaries to Speak at OSIG's 10th Anniversary Event

The Office of the State Inspector General is hosting a speaker’s event and open house on June 29, 2022, to mark its 10th anniversary

Call OSIG's Healthcare Compliance Manager "Dr. Davies"

Healthcare Compliance Manager Keith Davies earned his doctorate in Health Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Celebrating Internal Audit Awareness Month

Auditors raise awareness about the profession during May to demonstrate the value they provide to state government

OSIG Finds DBHDS Has Unresolved Issues In State Facilities

OSIG provided 40 recommendations for corrective actions following unannounced inspections

OSIG Staff Boost Skills with AIG Certifications

Four staff members recently earned professional certifications from the AIG

Richmond Community College Director Charged with Stealing Student Financial Aid Funds

A DOJ and OSIG investigation led to a federal grand jury returning an indictment charging a Richmond woman with orchestrating a nearly decade-long scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Virginia of student financial aid funds.

Subcontractor Pleads Guilty to Felony Worker Misclassification Charges Brought by Attorney General Herring

Richmond Drywall Installers Constructors Inc. will pay $21,000 in fines and restitution; The plea resulted from the first worker misclassification-related charges brought by Herring’s new Worker Protection Unit

OSIG Audit Manager Takes On New Role

OSIG Audit Manager Ben Sutphin becomes one of just 170 facilitators for the Institute of Internal Auditors in North America.

DOJ Awards OSIG Inaugural Accreditation Grant

The DOJ has awarded OSIG a grant to be used to further OSIG’s pursuit in obtaining state and federal accreditation.

An OSIG and OAG Investigation Results in Indictments of Contractors

An OSIG investigation, in conjunction with the Office of Attorney General, resulted in indictments against two drywall subcontractors working on the new Virginia General Assembly building

OSIG Productivity Remained High In FY 2021

OSIG issued its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly

OSIG Makes Recommendations About Charitable Gaming In Virginia

OSIG released its Regulatory Structure Review of Charitable Gaming in Virginia

OSIG Further Enhances Ability To Serve The Commonwealth

OSIG recently sent five employees to earn professional certifications at the Association of Inspectors General Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.

OSIG Welcomes New Medical Officer to Work with DBHDS

OSIG is pleased to announce Dr. Jennifer Knips as its new medical officer.

Virginians Paying For Low-Quality Conservation Easements

OSIG performed an audit of the Conservation Easement/Land Preservation Tax Credit Program and found the conservation quality that Virginia receives for conservation easement tax credits needs improvement.

OSIG Hires New Accreditation Manager

OSIG hires Accreditation Manager to get the agency accredited with law enforcement agencies and apply for grants.

OSIG Investigation Into $1.3 Million Tax Fraud Scheme Goes To Court

After a yearlong investigation by OSIG, a retired Virginia Department of Taxation employee will be in court soon to face charges of misappropriating taxpayer funds, totaling nearly $1.3 million.

OSIG Has Its Work Cut Out In Its Work Plan For FY 2022

OSIG released its Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Work Plan to Governor Ralph Northam.

OSIG Conducts DBHDS Mortality Review And Recommends Better Training And Documentation

OSIG conducted a review of patient deaths in facilities operated by DBHDS to identify opportunities for active prevention of patient deaths through risk reduction and mitigation.

OSIG Commends DBVI For Vending Machine Program

The Office of the State Inspector General performed an audit of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Virginia Enterprise Business Program to assess the Vending Facility program authorized by the Randolph-Sheppard Act

OSIG Performing Its Duties As Mandated In The Code Of Virginia

The Office of the State Inspector General has been performing and continues to perform its duties to the letter of the law, says State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall

OSIG Conducted Independent Investigation of Virginia Parole Board

The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General conducted a thorough and independent investigation of allegations involving the Virginia Parole Board made through the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline

General Assembly Confirms Westfall as State Inspector General

The General Assembly has confirmed the Governor’s reappointment of State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall.

OSIG Receives Federal Law Enforcement Certification

The Office of the State Inspector General has received certification that OSIG has met certain eligibility requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain discretionary federal grants.

OSIG Teamed With DOJ as Former DMV Program Manager Sentenced for Bribery Conspiracy

The Office of the State Inspector General was part of the team that led to the prosecution of a former DMV employee.

OSIG Conducts Unannounced Inspections At 12 DBHDS Facilities But Reports On Only One

The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) performed unannounced inspections at the 12 facilities operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)

State Inspector General Adds New Role

State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Association of Inspectors General Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2021

OSIG Manages More Investigations and Behavioral Health Cases in FY 2020

OSIG released its Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly, reporting that the number of cases handled by its Investigations and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services units more than doubled from last year’s numbers

OSIG Finds Opportunities To Increase Diversity In Natural Resources Law Enforcement

OSIG conducted an audit to evaluate the quality of diversity recruitment and hiring practices of law enforcement officers within the Natural Resources Secretariat

OSIG Recommends DHRM Better Utilize Its Recruitment Management System And Identifies Features For New Recruitment System

OSIG conducted an audit of the Department of Human Resource Management Recruitment Management System to determine whether DHRM was using RMS to its full potential to attract high-quality state employees

OSIG Staff Enhance Skills By Earning Association Of Inspectors General Certifications

Five OSIG employees obtain professional certifications to better serve the Commonwealth

OSIG Recommends Higher Education Institutions Work More Closely With Local EMS On Chemical Inventories Management

OSIG conducted a performance audit on the management of chemical inventories at Virginia colleges and universities to identify areas where safety and emergency preparedness might be improved

OSIG Senior Hotline Investigator Adds New Role

OSIG Senior Hotline Investigator Janet Crawford takes on a leadership role at the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

OSIG Visits Two DBHDS Facilities To Observe Operations

OSIG leadership visited Hiram C. Davis Medical Center and Central State Hospital to continue its mission to serve all citizens of the Commonwealth

OSIG Visits Southeastern Virginia Training Center As Part Of 2020 Initiative

OSIG leadership visited Southeastern Virginia Training Center to review its operation

OSIG Begins 2020 Visits To Virginia Department Of Behavioral Health And Development Services Facilities

OSIG management visited Eastern State Hospital to review its operation

OSIG Visits Virginia Department of Corrections Facilities

OSIG visited several Virginia Department of Corrections facilities for compliance

OSIG Collaborated with Virginia State Police to Investigate Embezzlement Case in Mount Rogers Health District

OSIG collaborated with Virginia State Police on an embezzlement investigation

OSIG Names New Investigations Manager

OSIG has named Richard J. Scholl Jr. as its new Investigations Manager

OSIG Recommends Steps To Avoid Medication Variances At DBHDS Facilities

OSIG recommends that the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services establish a Departmental Instruction that outlines procedures for classifying and reporting medication variances and provide staff more frequent medication variance training

OSIG Meets All Major Standards In Peer Review

The AIG Peer Review Team unanimously concluded that OSIG complied with the major standards set by the AIG Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General and the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office

OSIG Finds Need For Improvements At Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

OSIG found that TRRC does not adequately monitor program results and has not rectified findings from previous OSIG reports

OSIG Recommends Improvements At DBHDS Facilities

OSIG recommends limiting the number of overtime hours per week and cross-training for staff working at Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services facilities

OSIG Manages More Hotline and Behavioral Health Cases in FY 2019

OSIG releases its fiscal year 2019 annual report, which includes the State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline assigning 859 cases for investigation

OSIG Plans Audits of Child Protective Services, Veterans Employment and Conservation Easements in FY 2020

OSIG to conduct audits and criminal and administrative investigations of fraud, waste and abuse in executive branch state agencies in fiscal year 2020

Audit Finds VCE Furniture Program Needs Improvement

OSIG audit report outlines recommendations for improvement to the Virginia Department of Corrections Virginia Correctional Enterprises Furniture Program

OSIG Finds eVA Does Not Meet Procurement Needs of Commonwealth’s Institutions of Higher Education

OSIG outlines findings and recommendations for improvement to the Department of General Services’ online electronic procurement system

OSIG Audit Finds Ineffective Oversight of Medicaid Program Monitoring

OSIG outlines recommendations for better oversight of the subrecipient monitoring program in several state agencies

OSIG Hires New Healthcare Compliance Manager

OSIG has named Keith A. Davies, a former law enforcement officer with more than 18 years of healthcare compliance experience, to the new role

OSIG Names Chief of Investigations

OSIG announces Katrina M. Goodman as its new Chief of Investigations

Deputy Inspector General Receives National Leadership Award

Deputy Inspector General Corrine A. Louden is the recipient of the Association of Government Accountants' (AGA) 2019 Excellence in Government Leadership Award

OSIG Names Deputy Inspector General for Audit

The Virginia Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) is pleased to announce F. Michael (Mike) Taylor as the agency’s new deputy inspector general for audit

Virginia Office of the State Inspector General’s Auditor Professional Connect Goes Live

A new, user-friendly application for internal file storage and blog hosting has been crafted and launched by Virginia Interactive (VI) for the Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG)

OSIG Welcomes New Deputy Inspector General

OSIG is pleased to announce Corrine A. Louden as the agency's new deputy inspector general

OSIG Plans Audits of Drinking Water Regulations, Meat, Poultry Inspections and Snow Removal in 2019

Sparked by the Flint water crisis, a performance audit of Virginia's drinking water regulations tops the list of audits planned for fiscal year 2019

Cybersecurity Audit Reveals Lack of Compliance with Security Standards

Findings revealed 11 of 18 state agencies evaluated had not performed required sensitive system security audits over the last three fiscal years (2015-2017)

OSIG Auditor Earns CPA Credential

OSIG Auditor Zach Yarbrough passed all sections of the 16-hour CPA exam on his first attempt, attaining his CPA license effective June 6

OSIG's SWaM Audit Offers Paths to Program Expansion

OSIG offers six findings and recommendations for enhanced effectiveness and program expansion

OSIG Audit Reveals High Turnover for Virginia’s Disability Claims Workers

High turnover at Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS) raises concerns about the program's ability to keep pace with claims submitted by Virginia's citizens

Virginia Inspector General Teamed with State Police to Develop Case for Brown Indictment

OSIG and Virginia State Police investigated allegations a Hampton woman and former congressional candidate stole from USDA's Summer Food Service Program

State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline Rings in 25th Anniversary

The State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline rings in its 25th anniversary as the primary outlet for Virginia citizens to anonymously report wrongdoing in state government

Inspector General Sees Sustained Uptick in State Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline Calls

Coinciding with National Whistleblower Day, OSIG notes a sustained increase in fraud, waste and abuse hotline calls during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017

OSIG's Annual Work Plan Highlights Cybersecurity, Tobacco Commission Audits

OSIG will launch its fiscal year work plan with a cybersecurity audit of the commonwealth's sensitive computer systems

OSIG Marks Fifth Anniversary with Millions in Potential Savings for the Commonwealth

OSIG celebrates its fifth anniversary on July 1, a milestone marked by millions of dollars in potential savings for Virginia’s taxpayers, as well as a robust plan for the future

State Inspector General Offers Expanded Language Services to Better Serve Virginia's Diverse Population

OSIG is now offering expanded, high-quality language services to accommodate the state's multicultural and special needs populations

State Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline Calls Surge During Third Quarter

OSIG saw an uptick in the number of hotline calls during the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, jumping from 193 in the second quarter to 462 in the third, a nearly 140 percent increase

State Inspector General Releases Aviation Audit

OSIG's Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) audit report outlines recommendations for strengthening financial agreements and controls between the agency and the 66 Virginia public-use airports it serves

Gov. McAuliffe Announces Technology Award Winners

OSIG's Auditor Training Portal is one of 17 recognized for innovation, efficient service

Photo (Above): Virginia’s Chief Information Officer Nelson Moe; OSIG's Deputy Inspector General Michael C. Westfall; State Inspector General June Jennings; Senior Auditor Adam Tagert; Internal Audit and Training Manager Vernon Harry; and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson.

Whistleblowers are Encouraged to Report State Government Fraud, Waste & Corruption: U.S. Senate Proclaims July 30 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

While the U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution designating July 30, 2016, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, Virginia already recognizes the importance and value that whistleblowers play in identifying fraud, waste and corruption in state government

OSIG Releases Report to Gov. McAuliffe: Investigation of Critical Incident at Hampton Roads Regional Jail Now Available

The Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) today released its Investigation of Critical Incident at Hampton Roads Regional Jail report to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The report includes recommendations based on five observations made during OSIG’s review

Whistle Blower Protection Act Encourages Commonwealth Citizens to Report Fraud, Waste & Corruption in State Government

The Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund may provide compensation to any citizen or employee who discloses information that leads to a recovery of at least $5,000. The reward may be up to 10 percent of the actual sum recovered from the disclosure of the wrongdoing or abuse

State Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline

Anonymously report state government allegations with toll-free call

State Inspector General Elected to National Board

The Association of Inspectors General select June W. Jennings to serve

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