The OIG's authority is provided in Broward County Carter
Section 10.01. As the independent watchdog for over 1.7 million residents of Broward County, the OIG’s authority extends over all elected and appointed county officials and employees, all elected and appointed officials and employees of the 31 municipalities located in the county, and all entities and persons who provide goods and services to the county and the municipalities. This responsibility encompasses county and municipal budgets totaling more than $8 billion, approximately 20,000 employees, and over 450 separate divisions and departments of government. In addition, the OIG has oversight responsibility for 172 elected officials including county commissioners, mayors, vice mayors, city commissioners, and town council members, as well as more than 47,000 registered vendors who provide goods or services to the county and municipalities.
In executing its responsibilities the OIG has the authority to investigate violations of state and federal statutes and codes, county and municipal ordinances and codes, and conduct involving fraud, corruption and abuse. The OIG is also charged with the responsibility to enforce the Broward County Code of Ethics for Elected Officials, which was made applicable to all Broward elected officials in January 2012.
Although our office cooperates with other agencies and investigators whenever it is appropriate, the Broward County Charter requires that the OIG function as an independent body to assure that we may carry out our responsibilities free from any external interference or influence.