South Carolina Inspector General
|South Carolina Inspector General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$339,899|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||South Carolina Code, Chapter 6, Section 1-6-10|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Name:||Patrick J. Maley|
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Gov. Nikki Haley (R) created the position of Office of Inspector General through an executive order on March 11, 2011. She named George Schroeder, former Director of the South Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Audit Council, to the post.
Gov. Haley announces the creation of the new office
The South Carolina Inspector General's authority is established in the South Carolina state code, Chapter 6, Section 1-6-20.
Chapter 6, Section 1-6-20:
| There is hereby established the Office of the State Inspector General that consists of the State
Inspector General, who is the director of the office, and a staff of deputy inspectors general, investigators, auditors, and clerical employees employed by the State Inspector General as necessary to carry out the duties of the State Inspector General and as are authorized by law.
Per Chapter 6, Section 1-6-20 of the SC State Code, the Inspector General " must be selected without regard to political affiliation and on the basis of integrity, capability for strong leadership, and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, investigation, or criminal justice administration or other closely related fields."
Per Chapter 6, Section 1-6-20 of the SC State Code, the Inspector General is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for a term of four years.
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In announcing the new position Haley stated that the ultimate goal was not simply exposing problems of waste and fraud, but preventing them. The office investigates cabinet-level agencies, but the governor said she hoped the General Assembly would pass legislation that would allow the Inspector General to search for waste and abuse throughout all state government.
The powers of the Inspector General as set in SC State Code Chapter 6, Section 1-6-30 are as follows:
(1) initiate, supervise, and coordinate investigations authorized by this chapter;
(2) recommend policies and carry out other activities designed to deter, detect, and eradicate fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, violations of state or federal law, and wrongdoing in state government;
(3) receive complaints alleging a violation of a statute or rule relating to the purchase of goods or services by a current or former employee, state officer, special state appointee, or person who has a business relationship with an agency;
(4) receive complaints from any individual, including those employed by any agency, alleging fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, violations of state or federal law, and wrongdoing in an agency;
(5) adopt rules and regulations for administering the Office of the State Inspector General;
(6)offer every employee, state officer, special state appointee, and person who has a business relationship with an agency training in the Rules of Conduct pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 13, Title 8 of the South Carolina Code of Laws;
(7) provide advice to an agency on developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures to prevent or reduce the risk of fraudulent or wrongful acts within the agency;
(8) recommend legislation to the Governor and General Assembly to strengthen public integrity laws; and
(9) annually submit a report to the Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives detailing the State Inspector General's activities.
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- See also: South Carolina state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Inspector General in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $339,899.
As of FY 2012-2013, the Inspector General is paid $98,500 a year.
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South Carolina Inspector General
110 Centerview Drive
Synergy Business Park
Columbia, SC 29210-8432
- Office of the Governor of South Carolina, "Gov. Haley targets waste and fraud with creation of State Inspector General," March 11, 2011
- WCNC "New SC inspector general is FBI veteran" accessed January 17, 2013
- WLTX "SC Senate Confirms State Inspector General" accessed January 17, 2013
- Midlands Connect.com, "Inspector general confirmation headed to SC Senate" accessed January 17, 2013
- South Carolina state code, "Chapter 6, Section 1-6," accessed April 9, 2013
- South Carolina Budget and Control Board, "Current Budget Plans FY 2013-2014," accessed April 9, 2013