Offices of Inspectors General (OIGs) provide a highly valuable service by fostering and promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability in government. These offices provide independent oversight and monitor governmental operations, acting as watchdogs for the people and helping to maintain or restore the public’s confidence in their institutions.
The mandate of Montréal’s OIG is to conduct administrative investigations and to oversee contracting processes and the implementation of contracts by the City of Montréal in order to prevent breaches of integrity and violations of rules. Created in 2014, Montréal’s OIG has already had a meaningful impact on public procurement and management policies. In this publication, we describe the OIG’s impact on two regulated industries: snow removal and towing, demonstrating in the process that an OIG can be critically important in the fight against collusion.
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The Office of the Inspector General of Montréal,
Snowing and Towing in Montréal: The Inspector General's Fight against Collusion in Two Industries,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/public_integrity/36