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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 2, 2010
Column Extra: Read the inspector general's letter to staff

101022 mail image.jpgSpace constraints limit our State Worker column on Thursdays to roughly 425 words, so much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing never sees print. Column Extras give State Worker blog users more information -- the notes, the quotes, the data and the documents that inform the weekly feature.

Our column in today's Bee mentions a letter to staff from Inspector General David Shaw, blasting Tuesday's report from the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes that questions whether OIG needs lawyers and auditors with peace officer status.

Here's the Shaw e-mail:

From: Shaw, Dave
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:24 PM
To: *All OIG
Subject: FW: SOOO report


A new report about the OIG was just published by the obscure Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes for the Senate Rules Committee. It is up on their website now although I have attached a copy for your review. To put it mildly, the report isn't friendly to the OIG and directly attacks our use of peace officers to perform most OIG functions. Clearly, the folks who wrote this had an agenda and have carried it out with a vengeance. Reporters have started calling our office for comment and I think we can expect plenty of media interest due to the salacious way the report is written. In addition, despite the inferences that could be drawn from this report including about our existing peace officer classifications, our staffing levels and our OIG duties have been previously blessed by the Legislature, DPA and SPB. You will have to draw your own conclusions about the report and how it reflects on our agency, however, nowhere in the report does it ever question the quality of the work that the OIG performs or its importance to the State of California. Please do not take this report as an attack on you as OIG or state employees. We can be very proud of the OIG and everything that we have accomplished here in the last 7 years since the OIG was brought back to life!


David R. Shaw
Inspector General
State of California

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