The City of Philadelphia released the Office of the Inspector General’s 2014 Annual Report, which shows that during 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) saved or recovered $6.4 million for the City and that OIG investigations have also led to the termination or resignation of 19 City employees and the arrest or indictment of 21 individuals at the Integrity Officers’ Swearing-in Ceremony
“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 works diligently everyday to send the message that corruption and misconduct will not be tolerated in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “I want to thank Inspector General Amy Kurland and the OIG team for their commitment to enhancing the public’s confidence and trust in City government.”
The $6.4 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 City’s investment in good government has proven to be financially sound. In 2014, we were able to save and recover approximately four times our annual budget on behalf of the City and its residents,” 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 seven years, the Office of the Inspector General has helped the City save or recover a total of about $58 million. According to the OIG Annual Report, investigations since 2008 have lead to the termination or resignation of 250 employees and the arrest or indictment of 75 individuals.
Many of the OIG’s cases in 2014 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.
The report is available online at the OIG’s website atwww.phila.gov/ig/Report/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf.