Company: Office of the Inspector General

Job description:

About the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

Since its creation as the first state-level inspector general’s office in the country, the OIG has been at the forefront of promoting effective government and the responsible use of public money and property. The OIG is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property. By statute, the inspector general has broad authority to oversee the use of state, local and federal funds by state and local governments, as well as by those who receive government funds or use public property. This includes state agencies, counties, cities, towns, quasi-governmental authorities and districts, as well as individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations that do business with the government.

The Office is led by the Inspector General of the Commonwealth, who {…shall be appointed by the Governor, Attorney General and Auditor} “…solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, investigation or criminal justice administration.” (MGL, Chapter 12A, Section 2.)

The Office is organized into nine business units, operates from two locations, employs approximately 80 staff, with an annual budget of approximately $9.8 m. Additional information about the office may be found at Welcome to the Office of the Inspector General | Mass.gov.

The OIG enabling statute is Chapter 12A of the Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 12A). Further details may be found at Chapter 12A (malegislature.gov).  The OIG Regulations (945 CMR) may be found at https://www.mass.gov/law-library/945-cmr.

The Audit, Oversight & Investigations Division

Under the authority of the OIG, as enumerated within Chapter 12A and various other statutes, the AOI division investigates possible criminal and civil wrongdoing in the use of public funds and property. The division often works closely with other agencies, municipalities, law enforcement and public prosecutors. At any time, AOI may be investigating claims of public corruption or other wrongdoing in a number of public sectors, such as education, energy, housing, public administration, public construction, public safety, public works and social services.

As part of the OIG’s mission, it has a significant audit and oversight function with goals of 1) educating and training public officials, 2) reconciling actions to written procedures, 3) reviewing, training, and implementing best operational practices, 4) evaluating past audit recommendations and findings for improvements and compliance; and 5) conducting reviews of agencies, municipalities, and other entities for compliance with past OIG findings and recommendations.

An important source of OIG/AOI information comes from the public through the OIG’s confidential, 24-hour hotline for reporting fraud, waste and abuse of public funds and property. The OIG values those who come forward to report potential wrongdoing in government and take every tip and complaint seriously. In some cases, these complaints lead to broad investigations, while in other instances we may forward the complaint to the appropriate agency if AOI determines the tip refers to conduct that is outside the OIG’s jurisdiction. OIG investigations also come from information found during the course of other reviews and activities, or they may arise from requests for help from other investigative and prosecutorial agencies at the state, local and federal level.

AOI’s work may lead to criminal and civil prosecutions, such as for corruption, theft, time fraud, favoritism in selecting contractors, mismanagement or wasteful spending, written reports, suggested legislative changes, cost recoveries and civil settlements for the Commonwealth. To prevent the misuse of government assets, the OIG also recommends improvements to internal and financial controls over the spending and collection of public funds. Lastly, the OIG issues public advisories and letters to help state and local governments reduce opportunities for fraud, waste, and abuse and to restore or maintain the public’s confidence in its government.

The AOI division is led by a director with direct oversight provided by three Deputy Directors (Investigations, Legal and Audit & Oversight). The AOI is staffed by full time investigators, finance professionals, undergraduate and graduate cooperative students, and interns. The Division works closely with all of the other business units that comprise the OIG.

While much of the work is done by OIG staff, there are opportunities to collaborate with and communicate with colleagues across a host of state and federal law enforcement entities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Primarily responsible for developing and driving the OIG’s efforts reviewing audits and their findings (and/or recommendations) that were conducted and issued by others (e., the Office of the State Auditor, Comptroller, the Commonwealth’s external, independent auditors, or independent auditors retained by other political subdivisions of state or municipal government, or similar
  • Planning and executing oversight projects and identifying and evaluating whether agencies are using best practices with a role in collaborating to have best practices implemented by said entities.
  • Leading efforts to follow-up with agencies, municipalities and others on past OIG reports, letters, and recommendations to verify if recommendations were implemented and if not, why not.
  • Assisting team members with analyses and drawing conclusions using multiple forms of information.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationship with other oversight agencies at the state and federal level of government and having the ability to work in the competing roles of being a collaborator on educational, training and best practices, while also being able to assist in OIG confidential investigations.
  • Preparing and conducting presentations of projects and findings, including the development of a power point deck, is valuable.
  • Identifying, developing, implementing, and overseeing oversight and audit review projects at the same time, ideally planning projects on a two-year cycle.

Key abilities, skills, and experience:

  • 5-7 years of active experience with audit, compliance, risk and/or oversight, including several in a leadership capacity.
  • Drafting appropriate workplans, implementing the plans including documenting the execution, along with drafting and presenting final reports or letters on behalf of the OIG to leadership of entities under review.
  • Understanding of the general structure of state government, the concepts of gubernatorial authority, independent authority and limitations on each, ethical requirements, procurement principles, requirements, and limitations and how these are restrained by the need for internal controls, procurement laws and regulations and the need to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.
  • Reviewing and understanding statutes, regulations, and policies. Have had to meet deadlines and comply with detailed requirements and obligations.
  • High level of attention to detail, ability to manage competing priorities and problem solve to produce required deliverables.
  • Leadership skills including building, training, mentoring, and motivating a team.

Other valued abilities, skills, and experience include:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Investigator or hold similar credentials.
  • Educational and professional experience in audit, accounting, risk, or oversight are preferred.
  • Understanding of certain management traits such as managing contracts, managing a budget, setting and meeting deadlines, and evaluating staff members.
  • Preparing and conducting presentations of projects and findings, including the development of a power point deck.
  • Bilingual abilities.

Salary Range: $95,000-$105,000

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume via email or by mail by to:

Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer

Office of the Inspector General

One Ashburton Place, Room 1311

Boston, MA 02108

IGO-employment@mass.gov

Please Note: Because we value the health and safety of our employees, all Office employees (absent an approved medical or religious accommodation) must be fully vaccinated, including a booster, against COVID-19. Before their first day of work, the successful candidate will need to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine plus a booster dose of either or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine plus a booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or a request for a reasonable accommodation based on a valid medical or religious reason.

Diversity Officer:

Mary Beth Farrelly

The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. The Office does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. The Office promotes access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with its mission. The Office actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Job type: Full Time

Fully remote: Hybrid

Salary range: $95,000 – $105,000

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Apply: Igo-employment@mass.gov

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