WHEREAS, the major objective of the OIG is to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in City government; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor's Integrity Directive of 1988 established the role of the OIG as well as the responsibilities of City officials and employees to that office; and
WHEREAS, the major objective of the OIG continues to be the elimination of fraud, corruption, and abuse with City government, with the issues of waste and inefficiencies being addressed primarily by other departments; and
WHEREAS, it is desirable to establish the current mandate and authority of the OIG and the required reporting and other responsibilities of City officials and employees to the OIG;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, in accordance with Section 4-106 of the Home Rule Charter, do hereby order as follows:
B. The OIG is operationally independent of all departments, offices, and agencies within City government and reports directly to the Mayor. C. The OIG's mission is to enhance the public confidence in the integrity of the City government by establishing and implementing procedures for reporting, investigating, and resolving complaints of fraud, corruption, and abuse of office; to provide leadership and guidance in recommending programs and/or policies which educate and raise the awareness of all City officials/employees to integrity and ethics-related issues; and to provide assistance to the respective department/agency heads on all integrity and ethics-related matters through its support of the Citywide Integrity Officer System.
B. The OIG is authorized to investigate other complaints (as defined in Section 3) which involve individuals, organizations, businesses, and contractors receiving City funds.
C. The OIG may also provide investigative expertise to any agency or authority requesting the assistance of that office.
1. Extortion attempts by City employees/officials
2. Disclosure of confidential information
3. Acceptance of bribes in connection with official duties
4. Theft of City property
5. Submission of fraudulent documents resulting in financial loss to the City
6. Criminal conflict of interest
7. Employee collusion with contractors/vendors/consultants
8. Drug trafficking
9. Ghost employees on the payroll
10. Fraud by employees within City programs
1. Attempts to bribe City officials
2. Fraud by contract personnel to gain business advantage
3. Collusive bidding practices by contract personnel
4. Theft or embezzlement of City funds by contract personnel
5. Impersonation of City officials
6. Threats or assaults against City officials.
B. Where there are indications of institutionalized integrity problems or patterns of corruption within a City department or specific program, the OIG shall undertake proactive efforts to address those matters.
C. The OIG shall provide guidance and direction to department heads concerning recommendations for specific integrity programs which emphasize detection, prevention, and correction of problems relating to fraud, corruption, and abuse within their organizations. In connection with this function, the OIG shall provide support and assistance to the respective Integrity Officers within each department.
D. The OIG shall provide continuous dialogue with the Mayor and department heads regarding significant problems or deficiencies within City operations and programs and provide recommendations to resolve those issues.
The OIG may refer, at its discretion, matters regarding illegal practices by City employees/officials directly to the appropriate federal investigative agency depending on the nature of the complaint (em, FBI, IRS, Customs, etc.).
The OIG will refer noncriminal administrative complaints involving employee/official misconduct directly to the departmental commissioner for investigation by the respective Integrity Office within the department. When requested, the OIG wig provide support and advice regarding investigative referrals to the Integrity Officers.
1. Committed a criminal act (as defined in Section 3).B. Employees/officials shall immediately report any/all outside improper/illegal attempts to influence or bribe them in the course of their duties.
2. Violated any of the provisions of the standards of conduct or rules of conduct, issued by any office, department, or bureau or who may have committed any other misconduct.
C. Employees/officials shall cooperate fully with representatives of the OIG by providing complete and accurate information as well as the necessary official assistance in the matters being investigated.
D. If in doubt as to whether circumstances warrant referral of a matter to the OIG, contact should be made with the OIG or the respective departmental Integrity Officer.
E. Employees/officials shall provide to representatives of the OIG in the discharge of their duties specified in this Order full, free, and unrestricted access to City activities, property, data, correspondence, and all other information, as consistent with the City Charter.
F. Employees/officials shall maintain in confidence all communications with representatives of the OIG when so requested.
G. Employees/officials shall, when requested by representatives of the OIG or by other authorized City officials, testify or provide all the appropriate response to questions in matters of official interest.
H. All Department, Office, and Agency Heads shall:
1. Promptly refer to the OIG all integrity matters which adversely affect the operations within their departments.
2. Issue further instructions as may be necessary to implement this Executive Order and ensure the widest dissemination within their offices, departments, or agencies of those instructions pertaining to employee responsibilities.
3. Emphasize that all employees report all integrity/ethics related matters to the OIG as soon as they become aware of them.
4. Instruct City employees/officials not to attempt to conduct their own investigations prior to any referrals to the OIG.
5. Ensure that, under no circumstances, will any employee or official of the City take or threaten to take any action of any sort in an attempt to retaliate against any one for submitting information to or cooperating with the OIG.
1. Refer reports of any criminal violation directly to the District Attorney's Office, the United States Attorney's Office, or the Commonwealth Attorney General as it deems appropriate.Safeguard all OIG reports of investigation.
2. Upon completion of an investigation where no criminal violation is involved, submit a report of investigation to the appropriate department or agency head, or to the Mayor in investigations of senior officials, for an administrative determination.
3. Review the office or department report of administrative action and, if the OIG considers it to be inadequate, so advise the department head and, if necessary, the Mayor.
B. Department/office/agency heads shall:
1. Within 30 days of receipt of a report of investigation from the OIG, submit a written report to the OIG detailing the administrative or other action taken or plan to correct violations or other findings as outlined in the report of investigation.
2. Limit circulation and discussion of the contents of the OIG reports on a need-to-know basis, maintain precise accountability for the reports and ensure the confidentiality and security of the reports at all times.
3. Refrain from releasing any report of investigation without authorization of the OIG or the City Solicitor's Office.
A. The OIG shall:
1. Provide advice and assistance to the departments, offices, and agencies regarding their integrity programs.B. Department, office and agency heads shall:
2. Provide advice to department heads regarding their selection for personnel to fill the Integrity Officer positions.
3. Review and approve proposed integrity plans to assure adequacy in meeting departmental needs.
4. Conduct periodic oversight review of integrity service activities for objectivity and thoroughness and for procedures, directives, and issuance, etc.
5. Report the results of any program oversight reviews to the appropriate department, office, or agency heads and, if proposed corrective action is deemed inadequate, so advise the department head and, if necessary, the Mayor's Office.
1. With assistance from the OIG, appoint Integrity Officers within their departments and provide support to the development of overall internal Integrity Plans.
2. When appropriate, submit for concurrence by the OIG any proposed annual integrity plan to include commitments in such areas as management reviews of identified "high risk" integrity-related activities, special reviews of weaknesses previously cited by the OIG, and integrity awareness training efforts.
3. Advise the OIG of systemic or significant integrity problems uncovered in their operations and the planned actions to correct them.
Date: 28 November 1994
Signed: Edward G. Rendell, Mayor
Comments to the Department of Records.