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VI Office of Inspector General Held its First Spring Symposium

The Virgin Islands Office of Inspector General (OIG) held its first Spring Symposium in St. Thomas on  March 22-23. Dozens of federal Inspector General officials gathered for two days collaborating and sharing information as part of their ongoing commitment to protect federal funds awarded to the Virgin  Islands, according to press release. 

Sponsored by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Virgin Islands OIG Council, the symposium focused on identifying strategies to combat waste, fraud and abuse, and to improve efficiency in the federally funded programs in the Virgin Islands. “As a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Territory received tens of billions of federal funds. We are committed to ensuring that these funds are properly utilized to improve the lives of the people of the Virgin Islands,” said United States Attorney Delia L. Smith.

“Collaboration with our on-island partners – including the U.S.  Attorney’s Office, the Virgin Islands OIG, and local law enforcement – is critical to the DOI OIG’s success here. I look forward to bolstering those partnerships as we work together to identify and address misconduct in DOI programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands”, Greenblatt said. 

Representatives from 16 Inspector General Offices and federal oversight agencies,  attended the symposium, according to press release. 

Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Hannibal “Mike”  Ware, said “the inaugural symposium showcased the unwavering commitment of the  Inspector General community to combatting waste, fraud and abuse. With potential fraud on the  rise, the IG community has implemented a whole-of-government approach by investing in  partnerships to bring wrongdoers to justice and reclaim stolen taxpayer dollars.”  

“This symposium represents the unprecedented commitment of the IG community and federal and local law enforcement partners to interagency collaboration in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thank you to U.S. Attorney Delia Smith for hosting this historical symposium. We look forward to continued partnership with our local partners in the Virgin Islands to combat fraud, waste and abuse and to protect the integrity of HUD programs”, said Rae Oliver Davis, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

“The symposium was an excellent opportunity to do what the Inspector General  community does best: work together to combat fraud, waste and abuse across federal government  programs,” said Mark Lee Greenblatt, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior  and Chairperson of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

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