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Welfare Inspector General Releases 2023 Annual Report

Who We Are

The Offices of the Inspector General (“OIG”) are comprised of three offices, derived from three appointments held by Inspector General Lucy Lang:

  • The Office of the New York State Inspector General (“NYSIG”), as established by Executive Law Article 4-A, which is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that New York State government, its employees, and those who work with the State meet the highest standards of honesty, accountability, and efficiency;
  • The Office of the New York State Welfare Inspector General (“OWIG”), as established by section 74 of the Executive Law, which is responsible for maintaining the integrity of New York State’s public assistance programs; and
  • The Office of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General (“WCFIG”), as established by section 136 of the Workers’ Compensation Law, which is responsible for investigating violations of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of the workers’ compensation system.

Additionally, as of June 18, 2021, the duties and responsibilities of the former Office of the Gaming Inspector General were transferred to and encompassed by NYSIG, including the duty to receive and investigate complaints from any source concerning allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse in the Gaming Commission.

Beware of scammers pretending to act on behalf of a public agency!
OIG Issues Impersonation Fraud Alert
Please report any suspicious calls or emails to our office at 1-800-DO-RIGHT (367-4448) as well as your local law enforcement agency. If you have any questions about whether a contact from our office is legitimate – please just call our main line, 1-800-DO-RIGHT (367-4448) and ask – we’re always here to help protect New Yorkers.

If you have been the victim of an online or internet-enabled crime, please file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) as soon as possible.
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Comprehensive Transparency Plan
The Offices of the Inspector General have committed to a comprehensive transparency plan, which balances the confidentiality inherent in the offices’ investigations with the public’s right to know.

New York State Inspector General
Lucy Lang

New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang is an attorney, educator, and lifelong New Yorker.

As New York State’s 11th Inspector General, Lucy Lang brings her longstanding commitment to justice to overseeing the Office’s investigations into corruption, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in state government, as well as deep experience designing and implementing practices that promote institutional integrity, transparency, and accountability.
Lucy Lang