The New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) was established in 2006 by City Code Ordinance §2-1120 pursuant to Section 9-401 of the Home Rule Charter. The OIG serves the citizens of New Orleans and provides independent and objective reporting to the Mayor, City Council, and New Orleans residents. Our mission is to prevent fraud and abuse, and to promote efficiency and effectiveness in City operations and programs. The New Orleans OIG is functionally composed of Legal Affairs and Administration; Government Performance, which includes the Division of Inspection and Evaluation; Government Integrity, which includes the Investigations and Audit Divisions; and Construction Fraud.
Legal Affairs and Administration
The General Counsel provides legal counsel for the OIG. The General Counsel reviews all OIG work products for legal accuracy. The General Counsel heads a support staff that includes an office manager and administrative assistant.
- Suzanne Lacey, General Counsel
- Jessica Lang, Office Manager
- Kameelah Isby, Administrative Assistant
- Robert Heim, IT Security Specialist
The Inspection and Evaluation Division’s goal is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of city programs, agencies, and operations. To accomplish that goal, evaluators conduct independent, objective, empirically based, and methodologically sound inspections, evaluations, and performance reviews. The Division’s work products, intended for program managers, policy makers, and the public, use clear language and visual representations of data and processes to communicate findings and recommendations intended to help city government achieve the highest possible standards of performance.Inspections and Evaluations Division
- Nadiene Van Dyke, Assistant IG for Inspection and Evaluation
- Devang Panchal, Chief of Inspection and Evaluation
- Don Asay, Evaluator
- Lance Cardwell, Attorney
- Anne DeCecco, Evaluator
- Becky Mowbray, Evaluator
- Meghan Ragany, Evaluator
- Patrice Rose, Evaluator
All inspections, evaluations, and reviews are conducted in accordance with the Association of Inspectors General Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General (Green Book).
Government Integrity includes the Investigations and Audit Divisions. The Investigations Division conducts preliminary investigations into potential fraud, waste, and abuse stemming from a number of sources: credible allegations; evidence uncovered through OIG audits, inspections, and evaluations; documentary evidence; or indicators resulting from computer-aided data analyses. Investigators refer evidence of fraudulent activity to the appropriate authorities for prosecution. The Division also prevents fraud and abuse by conducting fraud awareness seminars and other communications with city employees, businesses, and citizens.
The Audit Division conducts financial audits, attestations, and performance audits of city programs and operations. Audit engagements test for appropriate internal controls and compliance with laws, regulations, or other requirements. The Audit Division issues reports containing findings and recommendations for improvements. The Division also advises the City of New Orleans on developing sound management information and financial reporting systems designed to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse and strengthen city programs and operations.Investigations Division
- Howard Schwartz, Assistant IG for Investigations
- William Bonney, Deputy Inspector General of Investigations
- Michael Centola, Chief of Criminal Investigations
- Terence Barrett, Investigator
- Gordon Hyde, Investigator
- Kristen Morales, Investigator
All investigations are conducted in accordance with the Association of Inspectors General Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General (Green Book).
- Erica Smith, Deputy Inspector General of Audit and Review
- Alison Barbier Broyles, Forensic Auditor
- Dan Pattison, Forensic Auditor
- LeaRae Webb, Forensic Auditor
The Audit and Review Division follows the Government Auditing Standards issued by the United States Government Accountability Office (Yellow Book) in addition to the Association of Inspectors General Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General (Green Book).
Housed at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the Construction Fraud Division began reviewing contracts and major financial transactions in 2011 as part of a continuous monitoring program of airport finances. As a result of those efforts, the New Orleans Aviation Board requested the OIG to provide fraud deterrence services and provide financial oversight of the new airport terminal construction. Additional personnel from other OIG divisions monitor project and construction management as needed.
- Peter Smith, Assistant IG for Construction Fraud
Information Management Branch
In 2015 the Inspector General established the OIG Information Management Branch to improve information outreach. Under the guidance of a grant-funded media consultant, the IMB is staffed by OIG personnel with the needed expertise and willingness to take on the additional task of implementing and developing OIG communication strategy.