DOI – Department of Investigation

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Reports (January 1, 2007 – Present)

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The New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”) is one of the oldest law-enforcement agencies in the country and an international leader in the effort to combat corruption in public institutions. It serves the Mayor and the people of New York City by acting as an independent and nonpartisan watchdog for New York City government. DOI’s major functions include investigating and referring for prosecution cases of fraud, corruption, and unethical conduct by City employees, contractors, and others who receive City money. We are also charged with studying agency procedures to identify corruption hazards and recommending improvements in order to reduce the City’s vulnerability to fraud, waste, and corruption. We investigate backgrounds of persons selected to work in decision-making or sensitive City jobs, and VENDEX those who do business with the City, to determine if they are suited to serve the public trust. The enormous range of this docket means that DOI handles at any one time hundreds of complaints. Every week, in fact, almost every day, the agency’s work is punctuated by incoming matters including 911-type situations that require the immediate attention of a cadre of top-flight investigators and members of the executive staff. In a time of diminishing resources, we continue to find new and effective ways to address the problems challenging the City. We try to identify and fix potential corruption hazards before they develop into criminal prosecutions. And, we ensure that we recover monies the City has lost. In 2002, more than $44 million was levied or recovered through court-ordered restitutions and forfeitures, administrative fines, asset recoveries, and the reinstatement of summonses or reassessments. Founded in 1873 (as the Office of the Commissioner of Accounts) as a result of the Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall scandals, DOI investigates City employees, those doing or seeking to do business with the City, as well as members of the public who engage in corrupt, fraudulent, or unethical activities. Working closely with other investigative agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, the New York State Attorney General, and the New York Police Department, DOI’s work leads not only to arrests and convictions, but to actions and legislation that improve City operations and save or recoup precious taxpayer dollars. Charged with oversight of a City workforce of 300,000 and a City budget of more than $44 billion, DOI works tirelessly during a time of diminishing resources to prevent fraud from occurring, to detect fraud that has already occurred, and to help the agencies and entities for which it is responsible to develop internal control systems and training to safeguard the public’s interest in honest and efficient governance.