S.C. House Democrats, headed by House Minority Leader Harry Ott, D-Orangeburg, pushed through a budget amendment today to require the state’s new inspector general to report to the General Assembly quarterly on the waste and fraud that he has found in the Cabinet agencies that report to the governor.
New Gov. Nikki Haley created the $110,000-a-year post last week, using money that would have gone to pay for audits of the agencies. Haley said the post was needed to sniff out waste, fraud and mismanagement in the state agencies that she oversees.
One year from now, the job of inspector general and his staff must be paid for out of the proceeds of waste and fraud identified by the new state office, according to Ott’s measure.