Office of Inspector General

  • The Office of Inspector General is an independent oversight function within the Detroit Schools system which strives to ensure transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct among employees, contractors, and vendors doing business with the school district.

    What We Do

    The OIG promotes integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the operations of the Detroit Public Schools Community District by conducting meaningful and accurate investigations, forensic audits, and program reviews; to prevent, detect and deter fraud, waste, and abuse.


    The Inspector General and OIG staff work with the following values in mind:

    1. PROFESSIONALISM: OIG staff strive to conduct themselves in a professional manner and shall strive to be honest, objective and work to maintain a high level of credibility with the DPSCD leadership, the Board, employees, students, and the general public. We shall make ourselves accessible, approachable and reliable.
    2. TIMELINESS & ACCURACY: The OIG shall focus on the delivery of significant, timely, and useful information for District stakeholders and the general public. We shall strive to make our reports accurate, clear, convincing, objective, fair and constructive.
    3. RELATIONSHIPS: OIG staff shall maintain working relationships with other DPSCD staff, departments, and schools. In the course of performing their duties, OIG staff shall treat each other and others outside of the department with consideration, dignity, and respect. Furthermore, the OIG shall maintain active partnerships and liaisons with external law enforcement organizations that provide assistance in the performance of our mission.
    4. DEDICATION & HARD WORK: OIG staff shall endeavor to make efficient use of their time through planning, organization, and hard work. We shall always strive to remain focused and dedicated to our mission; and in so doing, strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and abilities of fraud investigation and auditing through training, continuing education and networking with peers in similar industries.
    5. VALUE ADDED: The OIG will continue to aggressively pursue ongoing investigations and new allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse; as well as identify areas of vulnerability and potential asset and monetary loss to the District. Those found responsible for wrongdoing will be held accountable for their actions; and in so doing, DPSCD will earn back the public’s trust in our school system.

    Visit the Annual Reports page to learn more about some of the OIG's work.

    Investigations and Forensic Audits

    Investigations & Forensic audits are conducted based on receipt of allegations regarding fraud, waste, abuse, financial mismanagement and/or conflicts of interest. Complaints may be filed by anyone, via the OIG’s confidential fraud hotline and/or email; involving the areas of Theft, Payroll Fraud, Contractor Fraud, Vendor Fraud, Ethics Violations, Financial Mismanagement, Unauthorized Employment, or Misappropriation of District assets. As a result of OIG investigations, District employees found to have engaged in wrongdoing are referred for internal discipline and/or prosecution.

    School Board policy 1270 provides for the Inspector General to receive and consider complaints that fall within the OIG's investigative jurisdiction. Once a determination is made to initiate an investigation or forensic audit, the OIG conducts its investigation in compliance with the Quality Standards for Investigations, Principles, and Standards for Offices of Inspector General, promulgated by the Association of Inspectors General.


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    Access the Complaint Form below to file a report with the OIG 

    Report fraud, waste and abuse



    • A complaint may be filed anonymously.
    • You have a right to report fraud, waste, and abuse in DPSCD.
    • You’re obligated to report corruption.
    • Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation.

    Email the Office of the Inspector General at

    To make a complaint by phone, call the following 24 hours / 365 days a year Fraud Hotline (313) 870-3436

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