June 30, 2022
The Independent Bureau of Investigation makes it easier for county employees and members of the public to report suspected waste, fraud and abuse.
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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello today announced that the county’s Office of Public Integrity (OPI) has a new website designed to increase transparency and enable county employees and members of the public to more easily report suspected waste, fraud and abuse.
“Good government means protecting public resources and transparently eliminating instances of waste, fraud and abuse. Honest government is how you ensure public confidence in government,” said County Executive Bello. “The new Office of Public Integrity website makes it easier for whistleblowers to report allegations of wrongdoing by county employees and outside contractors and gives the public easy access to investigation reports and audits of OPI.”
The Office of Public Integrity has independent authority to review and investigate all county operations and report its findings to law enforcement if necessary. The office responds to concerns raised via the Whistleblower Hotline (585) 753-3105, online at MonroeCountyNY-OPI.gov and by email at [email protected] In addition, the office undertakes proactive risk assessments and provides recommendations to improve county effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.
Key features of the new website include an anonymous reporting system that assigns whistleblowers a number they can then use to track the status of their case as the investigation progresses; libraries of all publicly available audits, annual reports and investigation reports; and a directory of resources for those interested in filing complaints that fall outside the OPI’s jurisdiction. The site is available at MonroeCountyNY-OPI.gov
The site is also available in English and nine other languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, German and French.
“We don’t want OPI to be an underground agency that no one knows about, we want to be cutting edge, easily accessible and transparent. said Janson McNair, director of the OPI. “It is important that residents of our community have confidence in the county government and know that their interests are protected. I encourage everyone to visit our new web page and see for themselves what OPI does.
According to its 2021 annual report, OPI carried out 93 investigations last year and carried out 11 audits. As a result of these investigations, 28 county employees accused of misconduct were disciplined and one case was referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Additionally, OPI audits prevented the disbursement of $390,000 in federal funds passed through fraudulent grant applications, found the county was entitled to more than $204,000 in state reimbursements for capital project expenditures and enabled the county to recover more than $150,000 in utility overpayments. .