What we do
The Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) goal is to keep City government free from all forms of misconduct. We conduct both criminal and administrative investigations of all departments, agencies, commissions, and boards under the Mayor’s jurisdiction, as well as individuals or companies that do business with the City or receive City funding.
The OIG has the power to:
- Issue subpoenas.
- Examine all City documents, contracts, and monetary expenditures made from the City treasury.
- Demand testimony from City employees.
The office works with federal, state, and local law enforcement when reviewing issues related to criminal activity and serious cases of fraud and corruption. Our work also relies on the support of fellow Philadelphians who report allegations of wrongdoing in City government.
Amy L. Kurland is the inspector general for the City of Philadelphia, having been appointed to that position by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008. Kurland received her law degree from Rutgers University and her bachelor’s from Reed College.
Prior to becoming the inspector general, Kurland was an assistant United States attorney and senior litigation counsel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Criminal Division for 24 years. She specialized in public corruption and white collar fraud. She also served as the professional responsibility officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and provided advice regarding compliance with the Pennsylvania rules of professional conduct.
Kurland has also taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University and Temple University, as well as at the U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, the National Advocacy Center and the F.B.I. Training Facility in Quantico. She is also a faculty member at the National Association of Inspectors General.
Kurland developed a training program for newly appointed judges and prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice. She traveled to Sarajevo over several years to implement that program. Recently, she taught a class about the role of inspectors general with the U.S Department of Defense in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kurland serves on the board of directors of Women Against Abuse, Women Against Abuse Legal Center, the University Barge Club, and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. She is a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia and the FBI Citizen’s Academy.