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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How was the AIG Formed?
What is the Jurisdiction of the AIG?
Is the Agency of the Inspector General a Law Enforcement Agency?
How do I file a complaint with the Inspector General’s Agency?
Once I have filed a complaint, what happens?
When Does the AIG Initiate an Investigation?
When Should I Contact the AIG?
What Happens If the AIG Does Not Have Jurisdiction Over a Matter?
As a Cuyahoga County employee, am I required to report corruption to the Inspector General’s Agency?
Will my name become public if I file a complaint with the Inspector General’s Agency?
Can a County entity/employee operate a raffle, game of chance or betting pool in order to raise money either for charity or for its own use?
Q: How was the AIG Formed?
The Agency of the Inspector General was created by Cuyahoga County Ordinance which was codified into Title 4 of the Cuyahoga County Code. That Ordinance empowers this agency to investigate and review allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. The agency is independent and autonomous; thereby assuring no interference or influence external to the Agency will adversely affect the independence and objectivity of the Inspector General.
Q: What is the Jurisdiction of the AIG?
The Cuyahoga County AIG’s jurisdiction
encompasses all departments “under the supervision of the County Executive, and such boards, agencies, commissions, and authorities, in addition to or as part of those provided for” in the County Charter. This jurisdiction extends to all county employees, public officials, and elected officials. The AIG also has jurisdiction over all vendors doing business with the County.
Q: Is the Agency of the Inspector General a Law Enforcement Agency?
No. The AIG is not a law enforcement agency. As such, our investigators do not have the authority to arrest individuals. The Agency does, however, work in conjunction with law enforcement agencies throughout the County and State with respect to pursuing criminal investigations.
Q: How do I file a complaint with the Inspector General’s Agency?
You can file a complaint in any of the following ways:
- You may call the Inspector General’s 24-hour Whistleblower Hotline at 216-698-2999.
- You can email using the Report a Concern feature on this site.
- You can write to us at:
Cuyahoga County Agency of the Inspector General
Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters
2079 East 9th Street, 6th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115
Q: Once I have filed a complaint, what happens?
- You can fax at 216-698-2218.
Your complaint will be reviewed to determine whether the issue is within our jurisdiction and whether there is a basis for investigation. If so, the AIG will conduct an independent and objective investigation, employing an accomplished professional staff made up of trained investigators, with experience in combating corruption. If the evidence obtained during the course of our investigation substantiates your complaint, our findings will be referred to the appropriate agency for criminal prosecution, disciplinary action, ethics sanctions or other proceedings. In addition, investigations frequently result in recommendations to County agencies for reforms of policies and practices that will assist in eliminating opportunities for corruption and improve the effectiveness of government operations.
Q: When Does the AIG Initiate an Investigation?
Investigations are only initiated upon the receipt of credible information alleging an act of fraud, waste, financial mismanagement or corruption within the AIG's jurisdiction. Only the Inspector General can authorize the initiation of an investigation.
Q: When Should I Contact the AIG?
You should contact the AIG whenever you have reason to suspect fraud, waste, misconduct, or any other concerns within the County’s government. Our telephone hotline number is (216) 698-2999.
Q: What Happens If the AIG Does Not Have Jurisdiction Over a Matter?
You will be notified of this fact, and whenever possible, we will refer you to the appropriate agency or organization that can provide assistance.
Q: As a Cuyahoga County employee, am I required to report corruption to the Inspector General’s Agency?
Yes. Title 4 of the Cuyahoga County Code requires County employees to report instances of suspected corruption to our Agency promptly.
Q: Will my name become public if I file a complaint with the Inspector General’s Agency?
If you tell us to keep your name confidential, we will do so unless we are required to disclose the information by law or judicial order.
Q: Can a County entity/employee operate a raffle, game of chance or betting pool in order to raise money either for charity or for its own use?
A County entity/employee May not operate a raffle, game of chance or betting pool because these constitute impermissible gambling activities as defined by the Ohio Revised Code. However, County entities/employees may assist or coordinate with efforts of an appropriate charitable organization that is permitted to conduct these activities.
- The AIG issued two Advisory Opinions addressing permissible Fundraising Activities. IGADV-0008, IGADV-0009. Additionally, the AIG created a Fundraising FAQs document to provide additional guidance to County Officials/Employees.