Senate Majority Leader Schedules Hearing To Discuss Future Of New Jersey’s Investigative Authorities

Buono’s Senate Oversight Committee Will Hear Testimony on Merging Various Units, Creating An Elected Comptroller

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, chair of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, today announced that she will convene a hearing next week to discuss the future of the state’s various investigative authorities, including the Governor’s proposed merger of the State Commission of Investigation (SCI), the Inspector General (IG) and the Medicaid Inspector General (MIG) into the Office of the Comptroller.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:30 am in Committee Room 4 of the Statehouse Annex.

Scheduled to testify are: Comptroller Matthew Boxer, Inspector General Mary Jane Cooper, SCI Commissioner Cary Edwards, Medicaid Inspector General Mark Anderson, and former State Auditor Richard Fair, who is now the Director of Rutgers University’s Masters Program in Governmental Accounting. Additionally, Florida’s Inspector General Melinda Miguel, who is also the First Vice President of the National Inspector Generals’ Association, will lend her expertise and Michael P. Riccards, Executive Director of the Hall Institute of Public Policy, will detail his research on an elected versus an appointed state comptroller.

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