Governor sends bill amendment to the Legislature to establish a selection process for the Inspector General
(November 30, 2017 – San Juan, La Fortaleza) The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, announced the proposal of a legislative bill that seeks to amend Act 15-2017 that creates the Office of the Inspector General of Puerto Rico (OIG).
The amendment permits for the recruitment of the best talent available from a pool of national and international applicants to lead the OIG.
The governor stated that “the Office of the Inspector General is part of our Administration’s commitment against public corruption and for good governance. This person, who will hold the office for 10 years, will be a key player in the effort to attain an efficient and transparent government and therefore, should be the most qualified person available”.
The proposed amendment allows the governor to design a public request for qualification (RFQ) which allows for local, national, and international candidates to apply for the position. The governor will then select the candidate from among those who apply to the RFQ.
Once appointed by the governor, the nominee will have to be confirmed by the House of Representatives and by the Senate of Puerto Rico.
Since the passing of the Law that created the OIG, the governor has been searching for proven and ideal candidates for this post. However, the position requirements stated by law limit the talent pool available.
“We need a world-class official, who has the required independence of judgment to fulfill the duties of the Office of the Inspector General. This amendment allows me to nominate the ideal candidate for this position”, expressed Rosselló.
Senate president Thomas Rivera Schatz and speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez, expressed their support for the governor’s proposed amendment in today’s weekly meeting affirming that “it guarantees that the best available talent is chosen for the important role of the Office of Inspector General.”