State Inspector General Lucy Lang today made public a number of letters, recent and historic, arising from investigations undertaken by her office. These letters, which the Inspector General sends to public officials and agencies regarding allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing, provide information on the ultimate investigative findings by the Inspector General.
Recent letters being released today include:
- 06.155.22 Gaming Commission / Agriculture & Markets letter re: Equine Veterinarian
- 05.27.22 NYC HRA letter re: Alleged Welfare Fraud
- 05.24.22 DOCCS letter re: Veracity of Medical Documentation
- 05.24.22 Tax & Finance letter re: Outside Employment
Inspector General Lang also made public the remainder of investigative letters issued in 2012 and announced that going forward, every subsequent year’s previously non-public investigative letters will be provided in accordance with the agency’s Transparency Initiative, on a year by year basis.
Inspector General Lang said: “New Yorkers deserve to know how our State is working for them, and what is being done what it isn’t. The publication of these historical letters is another step towards peeling back the veil that has shrouded New York government for far too long. The outstanding public servants of the Offices of the Inspector General will continue to make sure that New York is living up to its ideals of transparency, equity, and integrity.”
Letters released today from 2012:
- 11.30.12 SLA letter re: Employee outside activity and conflict of interest
- 10.25.12 JCOPE letter re: Violation of Executive Law Duty to Report
- 06.20.12 DEC letter re: Outside Activity Conflict and Misuse of State Resources
- 05.10.12 DMV letter re: Improper Records Access
- 05.09.12 Commission of Correction letter re: Conflict of Interest and Employee Travel
- 04.23.12 SUNY letter re: Improper Use of Tax Exemption for Personal Benefit
- 04.19.12 OCFS letter re: Improper Travel Reimbursements
- 04.13.12 DOL letter re: Alleged Inappropriate Conduct
- 03.28.12 DHR letter re: Forgery on Federal Form
- 03.19.12 OMH letter re: Misuse of State Vehicle and Procurement Processes
- 03.12.12 DOL letter re: Misuse of State Computer
- 01.10.12 OPWDD letter re: Improper Cell Phone Use
- 01.10.12 DFS letter re: Improper Outside Activity
These letters to state agencies and commissions outline relevant investigatory findings and recommendations on matters that were referred to the office. The materials are now available on the “Public Information” page online (note the filters for “Reports” and “Letters” on the left-hand column).
The Office of Inspector General is charged with the mission of monitoring, investigating, and combating fraud, waste and abuse with jurisdiction over more than one-hundred New York State agencies, authorities, and commissions. The ongoing proactive publication of such materials is part of the Inspector General’s Government Transparency Initiative, as mandated by Governor Kathy Hochul. Portions of the records have been redacted due to privacy concerns and exemptions from disclosure as mandated by New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).