Ga. watchdog group criticizes inspector general
by Associated Press Wire
November 26, 2012 10:35 AM | 490 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA (AP) — A state watchdog group is questioning the productivity of the Georgia Office of the Inspector General.

William Perry, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, says he’s surprised that wrongdoing isn’t found more often by the office.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that its analysis found that the agency uncovered wrongdoing or exposed weaknesses in state agencies an average of about four times a year.

The newspaper reports that its analysis was based on 992 complaints the agency received since 2006.

Georgia Inspector General Deron Hicks says much of his investigators’ time is spent running down complaints that don’t pan out. Hicks also said that most complaints are referred or turned down because his office either doesn’t have the authority to investigate or they aren’t worthy tips.

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