ATLANTA - Governor Brian P. Kemp signed SB59 into law today, providing statutory authority for the Georgia Office of the Inspector General. The office previously operated under Executive Order since its creation in January 2003. The signing of the bill grants law enforcement authority to the office enabling the hiring of peace officers and providing the ability to obtain subpoenas and search warrants.

The Georgia Office of the Inspector General is an independent and objective watchdog tasked with oversight and investigations of fraud, waste, corruption, administrative violations, ethical lapses, and sexual harassment throughout the executive branch. The signing of this bill into law will enable the office to operate more efficiently and effectively and help fulfill its mission to deliver Georgians a government they deserve.