EXECUTIVE ORDER
BJ 08-13

Notice of Policy and Purpose of the Office of Inspector General


WHEREAS, the citizens of this state demand and deserve a state government that is free from fraud and corruption;

WHEREAS, the citizens of this state require a state government that is a good steward of taxpayer dollars and seeks to eliminate waste and inefficient use of the public fisc;

WHEREAS, Act 12 of the First Extraordinary Session of 2008 creating the Office of the State Inspector General has now been signed into law;

WHEREAS, the policy and purpose for the Office of the State Inspector General is to pursue the prevention and detection of waste, inefficiencies, mismanagement, misconduct, abuse, fraud, and corruption in all departments, offices, agencies, boards, commissions, task forces, authorities, and divisions of the executive branch of state government as specifically provided in Title 36 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950;

WHEREAS, the inspector general by law shall receive complaints of waste, inefficiency, mismanagement, misconduct, abuse, fraud, or corruption in covered agencies and determine whether they warrant investigation by the inspector general or by appropriate federal, state, or local agencies;

WHEREAS, the Office of the State Inspector General shall maintain a toll-free fraud hotline number and web site for anonymous reporting;

WHEREAS, the employees of this state are a major resource for the Office of the State Inspector General in the pursuit of its mandate as they are in direct day-to-day involvement in the activities of state government; and

WHEREAS, reporting can not only be made anonymously through the Office of the State Inspector General's toll-free fraud hotline or its website but whistleblower protection is available to state employees based on LSA-R.S. 42:1169.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The heads of all departments, offices, agencies, boards, commissions, task forces, authorities, and divisions of the executive branch of state government as specifically provided in Title 36 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 including universities and other institutions of higher learning are to give notice to their employees of the policy and purpose of the Office of the State Inspector General and the importance of their role in reporting knowledge of fraud, corruption, abuse and waste taking place in state government;

SECTION 2: This notice should include prominent placement of posters from the Office of State Inspector General in common areas of the workplace including locations where required notices to employees are normally posted;

SECTION 3: These posters will advise that the Office of the State Inspector General wants to help Louisiana state employees and the public protect the integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency of the executive branch of state government by eliminating waste and corruption and instruct that they report suspected waste, mismanagement, fraud, and corruption to the state inspector general; and

SECTION 4: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 20th day of March, 2008.

   Bobby Jindal
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State