Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1770
                                Barcode 687188                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/19/2013           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Latvala)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Between lines 2172 and 2173
    4  insert:
    5         (gg) The Office of Inspector General is established within
    6  the corporation to provide a central point for coordination of
    7  and responsibility for activities that promote accountability,
    8  integrity, and efficiency. The office shall be headed by an
    9  inspector general, which is a senior management position that
   10  involves planning, coordinating, and performing activities
   11  assigned to and assumed by the inspector general for the
   12  corporation.
   13         1. The inspector general shall be appointed by the
   14  Financial Services Commission and may be removed from office
   15  only by the commission. The inspector general shall be appointed
   16  without regard to political affiliation.
   17         a. At a minimum, the inspector general must possess a
   18  bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 8
   19  years of professional experience related to the duties of an
   20  inspector general as described in this paragraph, of which 5
   21  years must have been at a supervisory level.
   22         b. Until June 30, 2014, the inspector general shall be
   23  under the general supervision of the Financial Services
   24  Commission and not subject to the supervision of any employee of
   25  the corporation. Beginning July 1, 2014, the inspector general
   26  shall report to, and be under the supervision of, the chair of
   27  the board of governors. The executive director or corporation
   28  staff may not prevent or prohibit the inspector general from
   29  initiating, carrying out, or completing any review, evaluation,
   30  or investigation.
   31         2. The inspector general shall initiate, direct,
   32  coordinate, participate in, and perform studies, reviews,
   33  evaluations, and investigations designed to assess management
   34  practices; compliance with laws, rules, and policies; and
   35  program effectiveness and efficiency. This includes:
   36         a. Conducting internal examinations; investigating
   37  allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, malfeasance, mismanagement,
   38  employee misconduct, or violations of corporation policies; and
   39  conducting any other investigations as directed by the Financial
   40  Services Commission or as independently determined.
   41         b. Evaluating and recommending actions regarding security,
   42  the ethical behavior of personnel and vendors, and compliance
   43  with rules, laws, policies, and personnel matters; and rendering
   44  ethics opinions.
   45         c. Overseeing or participating in personnel and
   46  administrative policy compliance and management, operational
   47  reviews, and conducting and selecting human resources-related
   48  advice and consultation.
   49         d. In conjunction with the ethics and compliance officer,
   50  evaluating the application of a corporation code of ethics,
   51  providing input on the design and content of ethics-related
   52  policy training courses, educating employees on the code and on
   53  appropriate conduct, and checking for compliance.
   54         e. Participating in policy development and review. This
   55  includes working collaboratively with the ethics and compliance
   56  officer in the creation, modification, and maintenance of
   57  personnel and administrative services policies and in the
   58  identification of policy enhancements; and researching policy
   59  related issues.
   60         f. Participating in the activities of the senior management
   61  team and evaluating the management’s compliance with recommended
   62  solutions.
   63         g. Cooperating and coordinating activities with the chief
   64  of internal audit, but not conducting internal audits.
   65         h. Maintaining records of investigations and discipline in
   66  accordance with established policies.
   67         i. Supervising and directing the tasks and assignments of
   68  the staff assigned to assist with the inspector general’s
   69  projects. This includes regular review and feedback regarding
   70  work in progress and upon completion and providing input
   71  regarding relevant training and staff development activities as
   72  warranted.
   73         j. Directing, planning, preparing, and presenting interim
   74  and final reports and oral briefings to the Financial Services
   75  Commission and the executive director which communicate the
   76  results of studies, reviews, and investigations.
   77         k. Providing the executive director with independent and
   78  objective assessments of programs and activities.
   79         l. Completing special projects and assignments as directed
   80  by the Financial Services Commission and performing other duties
   81  as requested by the commission.
   82         3. At least annually, the inspector general shall provide a
   83  report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
   84  House of Representatives regarding the corporation’s
   85  clearinghouse and the extent to which policies are being
   86  returned to the voluntary market. This report must include an
   87  analysis regarding the effectiveness of the clearinghouse in
   88  encouraging voluntary market participation in depopulation.
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   91         And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   92         Delete line 765
   93  and insert:
   94  are amended, and paragraph (gg) is added to that subsection, to
   95  read:
   97  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   98         And the title is amended as follows:
   99         Delete line 68
  100  and insert:
  101         secured by a surplus note; requiring the corporation
  102         to have an inspector general; providing for
  103         appointment; providing duties; requiring an annual
  104         report to the Legislature; revising provisions