ALBANY, NY – New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang announced today the launch of a publicly accessible dashboard containing data about all complaints received by the Offices of the New York State Inspector (OIG) as part of her commitment to improve transparency in state government. Hosted on the state’s Open Data portal, the Inspector General will make available anonymized monthly data about the number, nature and source of all complaints received by the agency, which is comprised of the Offices of the New York State Inspector General (NYSIG), Welfare Inspector General (OWIG), Workers’ Compensation Inspector General (WCIFG), and Gaming Inspector General (OGIG).
The first set of data made public today provides information on complaints received by the agency in September 2022. The data will be updated in the middle of each month to include totals from the month prior. Open Data’s interface will empower the public to interpret data on complaints through maneuverable charts and graphs.
“We take seriously our responsibility to thoroughly investigate every allegation under our jurisdiction, and to share any substantiated findings with the public,” said Inspector General Lang. “Transparency has been my priority since taking office. It is vital that government clearly communicate about how we are fulfilling our mandate to serve the people of the state. We invite researchers, journalists, and the public to review and analyze our data and help us work towards a more transparent New York.”
This effort is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to increase OIG transparency, which has also included the ongoing publication of a decade’s worth of historical letters, daily social media updates and engagement, and a commitment to publish every report and letter detailing the agency’s work addressing complaints of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse in state government.