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Division of Inspector General

Established by charter of the Clerk & Comptroller in 2005 and formerly called the Audit Services Division, the mission of the Division of Inspector General (IG) is to provide independent, objective auditing and investigative services designed to add value, improve the Clerk & Comptroller operations and preserve public trust. Led by an Inspector General appointed by the Clerk, the division strives to educate citizens and policy makers regarding the operation of government, while assisting in the administration of the Clerk's constitutional duties.

In February 2011, our IG office became the second Clerk's office in the state of Florida to be awarded status as an Accredited Office of Inspector General by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The CFA requires re-accreditation every three years.  After the mandatory onsite assessment was performed, the CFA approved our re-accreditation in February 2014. Most recently, the CFA once again provided official notification of our reaccredited status in February 2017. Our office was commended for its continued diligence, professionalism, and commitment in maintaining this highest recognition amount Florida’s Inspector General community.

Being an accredited agency signifies that our work product meets or exceeds the highest professional investigative standards promulgated for Offices of Inspector General. The benefits of accreditation include improved agency transparency, enhanced consistency and quality of investigations, well-defined procedures, improved accountability, and statewide recognition that our office has achieved its accreditation status. Having an IG accredited team within the Clerk’s office supporting the Clerk’s constitutional role as financial auditor for Palm Beach County government provides another layer of protection for the public—ensuring your tax dollars and all county revenues are protected.

In October 2013, our office successfully completed a peer review of internal auditing practices. The opinion by the Association of Local Government Auditors stated that our internal quality control system was suitably designed and operating effectively to provide reasonable assurance of conformance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors. View the complete report.

The Division of Inspector General is comprised of two operational units, the Audit Services Unit and the Public Integrity Unit.

Division of Inspector General Annual Report 2017


Audit Services Unit

The Audit Services Unit conducts financial, compliance, operational, and performance audits to help improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and control processes within government.

Public Integrity Unit

The Public Integrity Unit conducts investigations of suspected fraud, waste, abuse, or ethical misconduct initiated through the Clerk & Comptroller’s employee ethics hotline or other sources.

Guardianship Fraud Hotline

If you suspect a court-appointed guardian is misusing a ward’s finances, report it to the Guardianship Fraud Hotline. Submissions are sent directly to the Clerk & Comptroller's Division of Inspector General.