Gov. Nikki Haley announced Friday the creation of a new position in her cabinet, a state inspector general.
Haley, R-Lexington, said the inspector general will help her sniff out waste and fraud in the cabinet agencies that report to the governor.
Those agencies include some of the state’s largest, overseeing Medicaid, prisons, welfare, economic development and tax collections.
George Schroeder, who headed the state’s Legislative Audit Council for more than 30 years, will take the post.
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The Legislative Audit Council does much the same work. However, lawmakers must request its investigations. The inspector general would operate at the direction of the governor.
Haley said she has authority to create the post. But she said she would like the General Assembly to give Schroeder additional authority to look for waste and fraud throughout state government. She said several lawmakers in the House and Senate have expressed interest in that idea.
Schroeder’s pay was not immediately available. Haley staffers said Schroeder would be paid at a rate comparable to low-level Cabinet heads.
Haley said a toll-free 800 number, which should be operating by the end of March, will be available for citizens, in particular state workers, to call in anonymous tips on waste and fraud.