Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Department of Children and Families Office of Inspector General

For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2015

Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Department of Children and Families Office of Inspector General

TALLAHASSEE – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to examine all aspects of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Investigations Section, including a review of policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Inspector General Keith Parks announced today. 

To be accredited, the DCF-OIG has to comply with approximately 42 standards. All of the standards are mandatory, such as requiring that investigative staff abide by a code of ethics; establishing and following procedures for the release of information to the public (in accordance with Florida Statutes, the Inspector General or designee, and other OIG staff);  and adhering to strict guidelines when conducting internal investigations of agency or contracted provider employees.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the CFA website at www.flaccreditation.org. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the DCF-OIG’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please submit via the website, letter to CFA at P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation assessment team will consist of team leader Special Agent Jim Mazer of the Miami-Dade County Office of Inspector General and Inspector General Julie Leftheris of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Office of Inspector General.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive re-accredited status. 

Re-accreditation of the DCF-OIG, if approved, will be for a three-year term. 

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450

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