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SC Gov Creates 'Inspector General's' Office

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has appointed an Inspector General to keep an eye on her cabinet agencies and executive staff. Haley says the newly created position is meant to head-off fraud and waste that have plagued state agencies. For example, doctors who overcharge state Medicaid and employees who embezzle funds. "We don't want to sit and wait and find out about all this fraud and waste after the fact," said Haley at a press conference Friday afternoon. "It's gotta stop. This is not only about waste, it's about fraud. It's about constituent participation and it's about state employee participation." Haley created the Inspector General's office by executive order Friday and appointed long-time legislative auditor George Schroeder to the position. He will have authority to investigate the governor's office and cabinet agencies, but legislative action will be required to give him state-wide authority. By the end of the month, Haley says a toll-free hotline will be established for citizens and state employees to blow the whistle.