The Investigations Unit investigates allegations of improper or illegal activities by District employees, contractors or other entities doing business with the District. The OIG receives allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse from various sources, including by mail, email, walk-ins, referrals from other District departments and outside agencies, and through the OIG’s Fraud Hotline. The Investigations Unit also receives referrals from the two OIG audit units. The remaining workload consists of proactive projects designed to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.
The Deputy Inspector General, Investigations heads the Investigations Unit and is a direct report to the Inspector General. The Deputy Inspector General serves as the principal adviser to the Inspector General on investigative matters with responsibility for directing the staff assigned to the Investigations Unit, which is comprised of 1 Supervising Investigator, 3 Senior Investigators, 2 Investigators, 1 Investigative Assistant, and 1 Forensic Accountant.
In May 2014, Frank Cabibi was appointed Deputy Inspector General, Investigations. His responsibilities include the management of the Investigations Unit and the supervision of OIG staff assigned special and unusual investigative and special review tasks on professional services contracts.
Mr. Cabibi is originally from Sicily, Italy. He is a graduate of Dowling College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He is also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, where he began his career as a Special Agent (Criminal Investigator). Mr. Cabibi’s 26-year federal law enforcement career began at the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Naturalization Services, where he mainly investigated immigration fraud matters. He later worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General, investigating food stamp fraud, internal affairs, and ethics-related matters. Mr. Cabibi gained most of his vast experience in internal affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General, where he promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the field office overseeing the six western states. As Special Agent in Charge, he managed a multitude of criminal and administrative investigations involving public corruption and malfeasance, employee misconduct, abuse of authority, and fraud perpetrated by employees, contractors, grantees, and the public doing business with federal, state, and local governments. His federal law enforcement experience includes supervision of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and a Computer Forensic Laboratory.
The Investigations Unit conducts its investigations according to the Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General. The Association of Inspectors General drafted these principles and standards based on the quality standards for Federal Inspectors General issued by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. The principles and standards represent generally accepted principles, quality standards, and best practices applicable to federal, state, and local offices of Inspectors General.