I want to thank the members of the OIG Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee–Mr. Harry Blumenthal, Ms. Ashley Barriere, and Mr. William Banta-for their public service in reviewing the Office of Inspector General’s work in 2018 and for their written report of their findings.
I also want to give due respect to the Inspector General’s response to the Committee’s report.
The Committee’s report and the OIG’s response have been posted on the ERB website for public review.
I think it wise to defer further comment on this matter until after the public meeting that the Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee has set for June 10, 2019, at 3.30 p.m. at the Mid-City branch of the public library, 4140 Canal Street. At that public meeting, the members of the Committee and the OIG will have a further opportunity to express their views and take public comment.
These matters also will be on the agenda for the Ethics Review Board’s next board meeting on June 24, 2019, at 3.30 p.m. in City Council chambers. At that meeting, the members of the Board will have the opportunity to take public comment and voice their individual views on these matters.
James A. Brown
Ethics Review Board
City of New Orleans
The City of New Orleans Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee for the Office of the Inspector General (“QARAC OIG”) will conduct a public meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019, from 3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. The meeting will take place at the New Orleans Mid-City Library at 4140 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
- Call to order. (Harry Blumenthal, Chair QARAC OIG)
- Welcome and introductory remarks. (Members of the QARAC OIG)
- Presentation of and comments concerning the 2019 Annual Report of the QARAC OIG (Members of the QARAC OIG)
- Presentation and comments by OIG (IG Derry Harper and His Representatives)
- Additional comments by members of the QARAC OIG and OIG.
- Public comments and questions.
A PDF version of the agenda is available for download here: PDF Agenda for June 10, 2019, QARAC IAC Committee Meeting.
The QARAC OIG 2019 annual report is available for download here: https://www.nolaerb.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-05-16-QAC-Committee-Report-re-OIG.pdf
The response of the Office of the Inspector General to the QARAC OIG 2019 annual report is available for download here: https://www.nolaerb.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-05-30-IG-Response-to-QAC-Committee-Report-re-OIG.pdf
On April 18, 2016, the Quality Assurance Advisory Committee issued a report assessing the 2014 written work product of the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) and Office of the Independent Polict Monitor (“OIPM”). See 2016-04-18 ERB Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee Report for 2014. The committee conducted a review of public letters and investigations, audits and reviews, follow-up reports, and inspections and evaluations. As to the OIG, the committee concluded:
Overall, our Committee believes the reports of the OIG provided a valuable service to the City of New Orleans. The written work we have reviewed meets high standards of quality. These reports have also opened up important areas for reform and debate for the citizens of New Orleans.
As to the OIPM, the committee “reached both positive and negative conclusions.” See id.