Governor Wolf announced late yesterday that he will sign Senate Bill 527 into law, making the Office of Inspector General an official office in the Executive branch. Wolf vetoed an earlier version of the bill.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), lays out the duties of the Inspector General, including investigating and reporting on the administration of programs and operation of executive agencies, making referrals to the Auditor General for the audit, and reviewing complaints from any source among others.
“The Office of the Inspector General plays an important role within state government and this bipartisan compromise will bolster this vital executive office,” Wolf said in a statement announcing his decision.
“My goal has always been to make sure we are doing all we can to catch people who cheat government. This legislation – which is 30 years in the making – will help us achieve that important goal,” Aument said in a statement after the bill was sent to the Governor.
The Office of Inspector General was originally created in 1987 through an executive order from Governor Bob Casey, and has been maintained by every Governor since. The Inspector General is primarily responsible for investigating fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct in executive agencies.