TALLAHASSEE, Fla., February 13, 2014 – The Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Investigations Section has earned accreditation for the highest investigative standards through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). In October 2013, a CFA assessment team reviewed 38 individual standards during an on-site assessment and found the OIG to be in compliance with all the standards with no corrective actions needed. The full CFA voted unanimously this month to award the certificate of accreditation, which remains in effect for three years.
“Congratulations to the Department’s Inspector General and the entire staff for maintaining the highest standards of investigative practice and procedures,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “I am very appreciative of their efforts and they deserve this prestigious recognition.”
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining and verifying the highest investigative standards as certified by an independent reviewing authority. The Inspectors General of Florida have worked diligently with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation to develop a set of professional standards for the investigative functions within Florida’s Inspectors General offices. In 2009, the accreditation program was expanded to include Inspectors General offices.
The FDOE Office of Inspector General assists the Commissioner of Education by providing independent and objective audits, investigations, analysis activities that promote accountability, integrity and efficiency in government. The office is statutorily responsible under certain conditions for conducting, coordinating or requesting investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement, fraud and waste across the public educational system, including K-12, state colleges and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
For more information about the accreditation process, visit Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
For more information about the FDOE Office of Inspector General, visit Inspector General.