It is the mission of the Internal Investigations Section to provide attentive response to the concerns and inquiries of the public by way of accurate, impartial, and relevant review, thereby advancing the principles of accountability, efficiency and integrity within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Internal Investigations Vision Statement
It is the vision of the Internal Investigations Section to establish a work environment in which both management and subordinates strive to have a workplace that is free of mismanagement, fraud, or misconduct and in which agency goals are pursued as a team.
DEP, like other state agencies, receives a variety of complaints of alleged misconduct. The complaints may be broad in nature requiring the review of DEP practices, direction or management, or may concern only one individual's actions. Complaints may originate from the Office of the Chief Inspector General (Whistle-blower complaints), the Florida Comptroller's "Get Lean" hotline, individual divisions within DEP or from the public. All complaints and follow-up activities are monitored and tracked by the Internal Investigations Section.
Acccreditation has long been recognized as the means of maintaining and verifying the highest standards are being followed. In 2009, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation expanded its program to include Offices of Inspectors General. The accreditation assessment is completed every three years and is an examination of all aspects of the OIG's Internal Investigations Section, which includes a review of policies and procedures, management, and operations. On October 28, 2009, the DEP OIG was accreditated by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. We underwent reassessment in 2012 and 2015 and received our latest reaccreditation on October 7, 2015.
File a Complaint
To file a formal complaint, call the Office of Inspector General at 850-245-3151 or use the complaint form located here and on the Internal Investigations Quick Links. Email this form to IGComplaints@dep.state.fl.us, or mail it to Department of Environmental Protection Office of Inspector General, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., M.S. 51, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000.
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.