The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Inspector General fulfills its responsibilities by providing independent and objective evaluations of DEP programs, activities and functions. This is accomplished through internal audits, internal investigations and management reviews designed to help identify, reduce and prevent incidences of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and misconduct in DEP operations.
The Office of Inspector General consists of two sections:
Candie Fuller joined the Department of Environmental Protection in August 2011 after serving as the Inspector General for the Department of Community Affairs for three years. Fuller has been employed with the state of Florida for over 22 years, gaining experience in contract and grant management, financial management, single audit compliance, auditing and investigations. Prior to her employment with the state, she worked in the banking industry. Fuller is a graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 20.055, the Office of Inspector General is a central point for the coordination of and responsibility for activities that promote accountability, integrity and efficiency within DEP.
The Office of Inspector General Duties
Advise in the development of performance measures, standards and procedures for evaluating department programs, assess the reliability and validity of performance measures, and make recommendations for improvement.
Review actions taken by the department to improve program performance and meet program standards, while making recommendations for improvement, if necessary.
Provide direction for, supervise and coordinate audits, investigations and management reviews relating to the department's operations.
Conduct, supervise and coordinate other activities to promote economy and efficiency and activities designed to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in DEP.
Keep the Secretary and Chief Inspector General informed concerning fraud, waste, abuse and deficiencies in programs and operations, recommend corrective action and provide progress reports.
Ensure effective coordination and cooperation between the Auditor General, federal auditors and other governmental bodies, with a view toward avoiding duplication.
Review DEP rules and make recommendations relating to their impact.
Ensure that an appropriate balance is maintained between audits, investigations and other accountability activities.
Comply with the General Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General, as published and revised by the Association of Inspectors General.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.