Philadelphia, May 13, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia released the Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 Annual Report, which shows that during 2013, the OIG saved or recovered $10.9 million for the City and that OIG investigations have also led to the termination or resignation of 28 City employees and the arrest or indictment of 10 individuals.
“The Office of the Inspector General is an integral part of this Administration’s on-going efforts to maintain the highest standards in City government and to ensure tax dollars are spent properly,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “The OIG has time and again sent the message that corruption and misconduct will not be tolerated in Philadelphia.”
The $10.9 million in savings and recovery comes from City employees via pension disqualifications, demotions, suspensions and DROP program forfeitures, through fines, assessments and recoveries from business that violated minority-business requirements, and from funds returned to the City through restitution.
“The investment of Philadelphia tax dollars into good government practices has paid off many times over. In 2013, we were able to save and recover more than seven times our annual budget on behalf of the City and its contract workforce,” said Inspector General Amy L. Kurland. “The OIG will continue working hard to ensure that City departments, agencies and employees are doing the right things and that businesses are abiding by City contracts.”
Over the last six years, the Office of the Inspector General has helped the City save or recover a total of $45.8 million. According to the OIG Annual Report, investigations since 2008 have lead to the termination or resignation of 193 employees and the arrest or indictment of 54 individuals.
The OIG’s Contract Compliance Unit also achieved significant successes in monitoring businesses that do work for the City, including imposing the first involuntary debarment of a City contractor for violations of City regulations designed to foster greater participation of minority-, women- and disabled-owned business enterprises (M/W/DSBEs). The Unit reviewed more than $100 million worth of City contracts in 2013.
Many of the OIG’s cases in 2013 relied on close collaboration between the Law Department and other City departments, as well as law enforcement partners, including the District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office.
“Collaboration has played a key role in our success,” Inspector General Kurland added. “Working together, we continue to change the culture of City government and protect the reputation of thousands of honest City employees who come to work every day ready to serve Philadelphia residents.”
The report is available online at the OIG’s website at http://www.phila.gov/ig/Report/2013%20annual%20report.pdf.