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Office of the Inspector General Advisory Group

Official Name

The official title is the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Advisory Group.


The objective of the OIG Advisory Group is to assist the OIG in developing annual plans for executing and reporting on audits and investigations; determining position and skill needs of the office; and assessing its budgetary needs.

Time Period

The OIG Advisory Group will be established informally and continue in existence until abolished by the Inspector General.


The OIG Advisory Group is composed of five to seven County residents who are independent recognized community leaders, serve on an uncompensated volunteer basis and are free from any relationship that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment as a member of the Group. The members shall be selected by the Inspector General. Collectively, the members should have expertise in: financial management and reporting, including expertise applicable to the local government environment; operations and controls; information technology; performance measurement; and public policy and administration. Members shall serve one year terms, with the understanding that no member's term will extend beyond the current Inspector General's tenure. The Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General shall be ex-officio members of the Group.

Communication Responsibilities

The OIG Advisory Group is expected to provide objective and independent commentary to the OIG as to the annual audit plan, the annual budget request, and specific audit / investigation reports, as requested. The OIG will use the OIG Advisory Group as a "sounding board" for various issues that may arise.


The OIG Advisory Group shall meet at least twice per year, as determined by the Inspector General. The Group may invite representatives of management and County Council to attend meetings and provide pertinent information, as needed. Minutes will be prepared.

The Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Advisory Group selection process was completed in April, 2012. The inaugural meeting of the group was held May 14, 2012 in the Offices of the Inspector General at 51 Monroe Street in Rockville. This organizational meeting focused on introductions and discussion of broad objectives.

As indicated in the Charter for the group, members of this all volunteer group were selected based on their diverse backgrounds, education, and experiences as well as expected ability to provide objective advice to the OIG.

The group members (in alphabetical order) are:

Tomi Bannister

President/CEO, ARMA, Inc. has extensive experience in managing complex multi-task contracts and projects and over thirty years of experience in the computer design, development and implementation of intricate information management systems, management consulting, user training and technology integration.

Joseph T. Gardemal III

A Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice, has over 23 years of experience in forensic accounting investigations and auditing, coupled with experience as Chief Fiscal Officer, New Orleans District Attorney's Office.

Thomas H. Phan

Senior Advisor, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy, has over 25 years of experience within the Federal government, private sector and non-profit community. He is also the Executive Director of the Asian American Government Executives Network.


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