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Office of the Inspector General

Proposed by County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. and created by the Baltimore County Council, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) functions as an independent office to provide increased accountability and oversight in the operations of Baltimore County government.

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Identifying Fraud, Abuse and Illegal Acts

The mission of the Office is to identify fraud, abuse and illegal acts, while also identifying ways to promote efficiency, accountability and integrity in Baltimore County government. After conducting an investigation, the Office may issue a report to the County Executive, as well as the County Council.

Report Fraud, Abuse and Illegal Acts

About the Complaint Process

The following is an outline of the complaint process.

Step 1: Complaint Received

Step 2: Initial Review of Complaint

Step 3: Determination as to Jurisdiction

The OIG has jurisdiction pursuant to Article 3, Title 14 of the Baltimore County Code.

  1. If no OIG jurisdiction, complaint is closed. The OIG then makes a referral to the appropriate agency, if any.
  2. If OIG jurisdiction, there will be a preliminary investigation.

Step 4: Preliminary Investigation Conducted

  1. Determination made to close complaint after preliminary investigation.
  2. Determination made to convert to a full investigation after preliminary investigation.

Step 5: Full Investigation Conducted

  1. Determination that OIG report issued. See step 6.
  2. Determination that OIG report not issued.

Step 6: OIG Report Issued to Administration/County Council

OIG report initially issued to Administration and, when applicable, the County Council, with an option to provide a response to the report.

Step 7: OIG Report Issued Publicly

OIG report will be posted online.

Reports

View the following reports from the OIG. The below links are PDFs that open in a new window.

  • 20-002-2—Report concerning the legitimacy of an on-call plumbing contractor’s Minority Business Enterprise Status.
  • 22-011—Report concerning approximately 838 County employees who inadvertently did not receive the two percent Cost of Living adjustment that was effective January 2022.  
  • 22-004—Report concerning an employee using County resources to facilitate the operation of a private law practice.
  • 20-002-1—Regarding Property Management employee, who improperly shared bid-related information.
  • 22-008—Concerns a member of County Council violating the County’s Electronic Communications Policy by co-mingling campaign solicitations with a County email address.
  • 20-013—Concerning Improper Waiving of Securities and Fees by the County on the Metro Centre at Owings Mills Project.
  • 22-005-1—Supplement to OIG External Report 22-005.
  • 20-015—Details concerns associated with the employment background process operated by the Office of Human Resources.
  • 22-005—Concerns a member of County Council appearing to violate the residency requirement of the Baltimore County Charter. View the response from the Council Chair and the response from the Office of Law.
  • 21-002—Details concerns associated with the Group Leadership Program operated by the County’s Department of Recreation and Parks, to include monies owed to the County by various Recreation and Nature Councils pursuant to the program.
  • 20-014-2—Details approximately $36,700 in purchase card violations associated with two former supervisors at the County’s Agricultural Center. View the Baltimore County’s Administrative Officer's response.
  • 20-014-1—Identifies over $1.1 million in waste related to the Baltimore County Agricultural Center. View the County administration's response. Watch the video.
  • 20-018—A joint report from Baltimore City and the OIG identifying millions of dollars in waste related to the city/County water system. View the County administration's response.
  • 20-020—Regards waste with pensions and salaries. View the Office of Budget and Finance's response.
  • 20-003—A public synopsis. View the Board of Recreation and Parks' response.

Annual Reports

Ethics and Reporting Violations

The Office serves as the Executive Director of the Baltimore County Ethics Commission, which administers the public ethics laws that promote the public’s trust in government and ensures the impartiality of public employees in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities.

Report an Ethics Violation

 
Revised May 31, 2022         

 

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