July 6, 2023
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY’S AUDIT & COMPLIANCE PROGRAM NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
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.
June 22, 2023
OSIG’S AUDIT ON THE CLERY ACT AIDS IN IMPROVING CAMPUS SAFETY
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.
February 28, 2023
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.
January 3, 2023
OSIG INVESTIGATIONS LEAD TO CONVICTION OF INMATE AND OTHERS IN VEC FALSE CLAIMS
Two OSIG investigations lead to fraud convictions and restitution orders.
October 11, 2022
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.
October 6, 2022
NEW CERTIFICATIONS ASSIST STAFF TO KNOCK OUT FRAUD AND ASSESS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
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.
October 4, 2022
OSIG RECEIVES ACCOLADES IN PEER REVIEW
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.
October 3, 2022
OSIG MARKS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH ROBUST ANNUAL REPORT FOR FY 2022
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.
September 29, 2022
OSIG FINDS CPS TRACKING SYSTEM NOT SUFFICIENT FOR MANAGING CPS PROGRAM
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.
August 25, 2022
OSIG SPECIAL AGENT CHRIS HARRIS PROMOTED TO SUPERVISORY POSITION
Special Agent Chris Harris has been promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at OSIG.
August 24, 2022
OSIG STAFF OBTAIN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Staff from the Office of the State Inspector General received professional certifications at the recent 2022 Association of Inspectors General Institute.
August 15, 2022
OSIG Staff Sharpen Their Skills for the Good of the Commonwealth
OSIG staff recently obtained certification as members of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
August 12, 2022
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.
August 9, 2022
Shaquey Wragg Adds New Leadership Role to Resume
OSIG Senior Auditor Shaquey Wragg has taken on a new leadership role.
July 7, 2022
Goodman Adds a New Title to Her OSIG Resume
OSIG has named Chief Katrina Goodman as the new Deputy Inspector General for Investigations.
June 29, 2022
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.
June 24, 2022
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.
June 14, 2022
OSIG Healthcare Compliance Specialist Adds to Her Skills
Madison McRae has added the Certified HIPAA Compliance Officer certification to her resume
June 9, 2022
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
May 17, 2022
Call OSIG's Healthcare Compliance Manager "Dr. Davies"
Healthcare Compliance Manager Keith Davies earned his doctorate in Health Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
May 9, 2022
Celebrating Internal Audit Awareness Month
Auditors raise awareness about the profession during May to demonstrate the value they provide to state government
April 22, 2022
OSIG Finds DBHDS Has Unresolved Issues In State Facilities
OSIG provided 40 recommendations for corrective actions following unannounced inspections
March 29, 2022
OSIG Staff Boost Skills with AIG Certifications
Four staff members recently earned professional certifications from the AIG
February 2, 2022
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.
December 8, 2021
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
November 17, 2021
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.
October 14, 2021
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.
October 7, 2021
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
October 1, 2021
OSIG Productivity Remained High In FY 2021
OSIG issued its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly
October 1, 2021
OSIG Makes Recommendations About Charitable Gaming In Virginia
OSIG released its Regulatory Structure Review of Charitable Gaming in Virginia
September 20, 2021
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.
September 14, 2021
OSIG Welcomes New Medical Officer to Work with DBHDS
OSIG is pleased to announce Dr. Jennifer Knips as its new medical officer.
July 19, 2021
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.
July 6, 2021
OSIG Hires New Accreditation Manager
OSIG hires Accreditation Manager to get the agency accredited with law enforcement agencies and apply for grants.
June 23, 2021
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.
June 22, 2021
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.
March 29, 2021
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.
March 14, 2021
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
March 4, 2021
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
February 26, 2021
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
February 18, 2021
General Assembly Confirms Westfall as State Inspector General
The General Assembly has confirmed the Governor’s reappointment of State Inspector General Michael C. Westfall.
February 16, 2021
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.
January 12, 2021
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.
January 7, 2021
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)
October 28, 2020
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
October 1, 2020
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
August 20, 2020
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
April 20, 2020
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
April 2, 2020
OSIG Staff Enhance Skills By Earning Association Of Inspectors General Certifications
Five OSIG employees obtain professional certifications to better serve the Commonwealth
March 26, 2020
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
March 6, 2020
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
February 25, 2020
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
February 18, 2020
OSIG Visits Southeastern Virginia Training Center As Part Of 2020 Initiative
OSIG leadership visited Southeastern Virginia Training Center to review its operation
February 10, 2020
OSIG Visits Virginia Department of Corrections Facilities
OSIG visited several Virginia Department of Corrections facilities for compliance
December 31, 2019
OSIG Names New Investigations Manager
OSIG has named Richard J. Scholl Jr. as its new Investigations Manager
December 2, 2019
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
November 25, 2019
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
November 21, 2019
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
November 18, 2019
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
November 7, 2019
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
July 9, 2019
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
July 9, 2019
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
June 20, 2019
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
June 5, 2019
OSIG Audit Finds Ineffective Oversight of Medicaid Program Monitoring
OSIG outlines recommendations for better oversight of the subrecipient monitoring program in several state agencies
April 2, 2019
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
March 14, 2019
OSIG Names Chief of Investigations
OSIG announces Katrina M. Goodman as its new Chief of Investigations
February 28, 2019
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
January 9, 2019
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
October 22, 2018
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)
August 15, 2018
OSIG Welcomes New Deputy Inspector General
OSIG is pleased to announce Corrine A. Louden as the agency's new deputy inspector general
August 6, 2018
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
July 17, 2018
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)
June 21, 2018
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
March 20, 2018
OSIG's SWaM Audit Offers Paths to Program Expansion
OSIG offers six findings and recommendations for enhanced effectiveness and program expansion
March 7, 2018
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
December 27, 2017
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
October 17, 2017
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
July 31, 2017
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
July 14, 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
June 30, 2017
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
June 19, 2017
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
May 24, 2017
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
May 22, 2017
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
September 8, 2016
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.
July 18, 2016
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
April 5, 2016
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
February 8, 2016
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
January 27, 2016
State Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline
Anonymously report state government allegations with toll-free call
October 28, 2015
State Inspector General Elected to National Board
The Association of Inspectors General select June W. Jennings to serve