Inspector general post for water district 'a no brainer,' Better Government Association manager says
Better Government Association (BGA) Policy Manager Rachel Leven recently urged Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) commissioners to create an office of the inspector general (IG) to improve efficiency and operations, according to a posting on the group's website.
“For a governing body of your size and importance, setting up independent oversight should be a no brainer,” Leven said in a recent appearance before the water district board, the BGA said on its website. “IGs maintain an organization’s most critical rules, fight corruption and help improve operations and save money. IGs identify millions in missed revenue or potential savings through performance management audits and reviews.”
The BGA noted that the MWRD has a budget of more than $1.2 billion, making it a large government entity. Leven said the district could establish an effective IG with just 0.1 percent of its annual budget.
“I encourage you to see this through in 2018,” Leven said at the hearing, according to the posting. “Creating a fully empowered IG will help you and the district do your jobs better. It will also help build trust with the public as scandal upon scandal unfolds on the national stage and ethical, accountable government becomes an increasing concern.”