WSSC Water Adopts Regulations for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Related Amendments to Other Regulations
On May 20, 2020, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Commission) approved Resolution 2020-2248, adopting regulations, titled Chapters 2.50, Definitions; 2.55, Powers, Duties and Responsibilities; and 2.60, Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA); and amendments to the following sections of the WSSC Code of Regulations: Chapters 1.15, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations; 5.95, System Development Charge (SDC) Credits and Reimbursements; 6.20, Purchase Card Program; 9.170, Background Investigations; 9.30, Comprehensive Whistleblower Protection; 9.85, Official Travel Expense Reimbursement; and 15.210, FWA (deleted section and moved to 2.60).
The regulations are authorized by Md. Ann. Code, Public Utilities Article, § 17-403. Under the regulations, Chapters 2.50, 2.55 and 2.60, the powers, duties and responsibilities conferred to the Inspector General are defined and delineated, along with the responsibilities of Commission employees and vendors regarding investigations, audits, and other OIG activities. The amendments to existing Chapter 1.15, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, remove obsolete language concerning the former Director position of the Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office and former Internal Auditor position, and add a new section for the Inspector General. The amendments to existing Chapters 6.20, 9.170, 9.30 and 9.85, remove and replace all references to the Internal Auditor with the Inspector General along with other technical changes and modifications. The SDC Credits and Reimbursements Chapter, 5.95, has been revised to establish administrative costs related to reimbursements for eligible projects.
THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE NEW REGULATIONS IS JULY 4, 2020.
For additional information, please contact WSSC Water Corporate Secretary Sheila Finlayson, at Sheila.Finlayson@wsscwater.com or 301-206-8200.
Copies of the regulations are posted on WSSC Water’s website at www.wsscwater.com/amendregs.