Governor seeks global hiring process for Puerto Rico inspector general
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Thursday the presentation of bill to amend Act 15-2017, which established the Puerto Rico Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the purpose of recruiting the “best possible” candidate to direct the office.
The post would supervise the office’s oversight in identifying fraud and waste as well as enforcing accountability in the use of public funds.
“The Office of the Inspector General is part of the programmatic commitments of our Administration against corruption,” the governor said in a written statement. “This person, who will occupy the position for 10 years, will be key to achieving an efficient and transparent Government and must be the most qualified person available.”
He mentioned that the amendment proposes that the governor make a local, national and international public call for candidates for the position. The governor would then nominate his selected candidate, which would need to be confirmed by both the House and Senate.
Rosselló added that since the law establishing the local OIG was approved, he has been looking for suitable candidates; however, the requirements for the position established in the law limit the talent bank.
“We need to have a world-class official,” Rosselló said, who can work with the independence required for the job.
He assured that the legislative leaders, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz and House Speaker Carlos Méndez, endorsed the amendment proposal during his weekly meeting with them Thursday “because it guarantees that the best talent available” is selected.