Inspector General Frequently Asked Questions
The primary function of the Division of Inspector General is to perform financial, compliance and operational audits of Departments under the Board of County Commissioners and other agencies receiving funds from the Board of County Commissioners. The Inspector General provides independent, objective assurance and consulting services which are designed to add value and improve the operations of Manatee County Government. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.
Copies of audit reports can be either reviewed on-line or a hard copy can be mailed or picked up at the Inspector General’s office located in the Courthouse at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, 941-741-4017.
Our jurisdiction is limited solely to the Board of County Commissioners. However, if other Constitutional Officers such as the Sheriff, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Election, Property Appraiser or the Clerk of the Circuit Court would like to use our services, they may do so by written request.
Our audits are performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Our Department can also provide investigative services in cases of alleged fraud, abuse, or county employee or vendor misconduct. Our investigations are performed in accordance with the Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspector General issued by the Association of Inspectors General. We may also provide research of industry standards or other departmental assistance defined by the requesting department.
The Inspector General maintains an anonymous hotline for employees, as well as the general public, to report County fraud, waste,abuse, and employee misconduct. The hotline is designed for callers to leave a message where they can either remain anonymous or leave their contact information. The hotline phone number is 941-742-5938. Information can also be reported through the Clerk's Inspector General Department web page. If callers would like to speak directly to an auditor, they may do so by calling 941-741-4017.
As part of the auditing standards, our department is evaluated by independent auditors once every three to five years. These audits are called Quality Assurance Reviews. Our most recent review reports are available on the website; previous reports are available upon request.
Our department is staffed with six auditors.
Our highly trained and experienced staff is made up of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Certified Fraud Examiners, and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Attn: Inspector General
P.O. Box 25400
Bradenton, FL 34206
1115 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205