South Carolina Inspector General

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South Carolina Inspector General
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $339,899
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Carolina Code, Chapter 6, Section 1-6-10
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Patrick J. Maley
Compensation:  $98,500
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Gov. Haley announces the creation of the new office

The South Carolina Inspector General is a state executive position in the South Carolina state government.

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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Patrick Maley. He is the third inspector general since Gov. Nikki Haley created the position in March 2011.[2][3][4]

Maley replaced Jim Martin, the second inspector general, who committed to take the position for one year, saying he did not want the position permanently.[2]

Authority

The South Carolina Inspector General's authority is established in the South Carolina state code, Chapter 6, Section 1-6-20.[5]

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.

Qualifications

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."[5]

Appointments

South Carolina state government organizational chart

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.[5]

Vacancies

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Duties

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.[1]

The powers of the Inspector General as set in SC State Code Chapter 6, Section 1-6-30 are as follows:[5]
(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.

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Office of the Inspector General in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $339,899.[6]

Compensation

As of FY 2012-2013, the Inspector General is paid $98,500 a year.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

South Carolina Inspector General
110 Centerview Drive
Suite 201
Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
Columbia, SC 29210-8432

Hotline: 1-855-723-7283
Office: 803-896-4729
Fax: 803-896-4309

Email: oig@oig.sc.gov

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