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Robert A. Cerasoli

Inspector

Ethics Review Board

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Ethics Review Board

525 St. Charles Avenue Suite 300

New Orleans, Louisiana,70130

United States

Background Information

Employment History

President

Loyola University


Inspector

Citizens , Inc.


Inspector

CITIZENS FOR ONE GREATER NEW ORLEANS


Inspector

Jim Brown


Inspector

Community Church Unitarian Universalist


Inspector

City of New Orleans Inc


City Inspector

WordPress.com


Inspector

U.S. Attorney's Office


Inspector

Commonwealth


Affiliations

Coolidge Foundation

Board of Trustees Member


Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Inc

Vice Chair


Association of Inspectors

President


American Society for Public Administration

Member


American Philatelic Society

Member


National Council of La Raza

Member


Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Inc

Member


Southern Poverty Law Center Inc

Member


Latino Alumni Association of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Member


Gun Control Advisory Board

Member


Association of Government Accountants

Member


Massachusetts House of Representatives

Representative


House of Representatives of the State of Massachusetts

Member


IG

Founder


OIG

Founder


Education

Northeastern


Bachelor of Arts

government and public administration

The American University


Master of Public Administration

Harvard University


Web References(198 Total References)


Ethics Reform History: Citizens for Greater New Orleans

www.citizensfor1.com [cached]

Six months later the ERB hired New Orleans' first Inspector General Robert Cerasoli.
Robert Cerasoli was approved as Inspector General by the New Orleans City Council in September of 2007. Citizens for 1 hosted a forum on Ethics in Public Service featuring Inspector General Robert Cerasoli with Loyola University and Common Good and other community organizations at Loyola University on November 27, 2007.


www.nola.com

New Orleans Inspector General Robert Cerasoli on Monday rejected a request by the city attorney that he notify her office whenever he begins an investigation of a city agency. In a letter to Cerasoli on Friday, Penya Moses-Fields said, "It would be helpful if, in the future, you would provide a direct communication to my office when you initiate an investigation." In his response Monday, Cerasoli said that sending such notifications "would be inconsistent with (his) office's role and statutory responsibilities and accordingly, we will not do so." > Cerasoli said the law setting up his office provides that it will be "operationally independent from the legislative and executive branches of the city," which precludes his alerting the city attorney about pending investigations. Citing Cerasoli's reported probe of the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Corp.'s city-financed home-remediation program, Moses-Fields had said that knowing who is under investigation would help her office decide whether to respond to requests for public records related to those agencies. Citing provisions in city and state law providing confidentiality for all materials the inspector general is investigating, Moses-Fields wrote, "Under these circumstances, please advise whether this office should continue to provide documents as requested by the public that are related to your pending investigation." But Cerasoli said the two issues are not related. Although his office is required by law to keep the matters it investigates confidential and is exempted from the public records law, those provisions "have no relevance to the (city's) obligation to respond to public records requests," he wrote to Moses-Fields.He added that the city attorney has a "legal and ethical responsibility to provide access" to all public records. City Councilman Arnie Fielkow weighed in on the issue Monday, saying in a letter to Moses-Fields that if Cerasoli were to accede to her request for advance notice of investigations, "any such investigations, as well as the operational independence and integrity of the functions of his office, could be severely compromised." Friday's letter is not the first time Moses-Fields has crossed swords with Cerasoli.A week earlier, she took issue with his comment in a published article that the city should maintain an easily accessible list of all the contracts it has with private vendors.Her office had refused a public-records request to produce such a list. In a July 24 letter, Moses-Fields said, "No city office maintains or practically can maintain an authoritative list of all city contractors," and she urged Cerasoli to contact her before making public comments on issues involving her department.She also said he should not comment on any other city department or agency without first contacting that agency. The City Council is expected to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would require the city to post on its Web site the complete terms of all professional services contracts. Cerasoli and Moses-Fields first clashed last year when she said the City Charter does not authorize the inspector general to employ general legal counsel, as Cerasoli said he wanted and needed, only special counsel to handle specific issues.Except for those issues, she said, he could turn to her office for legal advice.The issue was resolved by letting the inspector general share an attorney with the Ethics Review Board.


www.nola.com

Inspector General Robert Cerasoli, who was hired by the Ethics Review Board to give the city an independent watchdog, said the approval defied the naysayers who said New Orleans would never give him the resources to stamp out a culture of corruption. "When I first came, I heard, 'You'll never be able to get this done with Civil Service,' and I said, 'I don't see why not,' " Cerasoli told the commission.The first assistant will report directly to Cerasoli. The ethics board's executive director will make $71,000, and the board's other two management positions will be paid $131,000 each.Cerasoli earlier won City Council approval for paying $131,000 each to first assistant inspectors general for criminal investigations and auditing, positions he had discretion to fill without Civil Service Commission approval.


Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans: Inspector general's staff gets Civil Service OK

www.citizensfor1greaterneworleans.com [cached]

Inspector General Robert Cerasoli, who was hired by the Ethics Review Board to give the city a viable independent watchdog, said the approval defied the naysayers who said
New Orleans would never give him the resources to stamp out a culture of corruption. "When I first came, I heard, 'You'll never be able to get this done with Civil Service,' and I said, 'I don't see why not,'" Cerasoli said before the commission. Cerasoli earlier won City Council approval for paying $131,000 each to first assistant inspectors general for criminal investigations and auditing, positions he had discretion to fill without Civil Service Commission approval.


Setting us right

www.financialexpress.com [cached]

Robert A Cerasoli, I-G of Ethics Committee, US, is here to guide our officials Robert A CerasoliCorruption does exist in some form or the other around the world," says Robert A Cerasoli, chairman, Ethics Committee of the Association of Inspectors General in the US.He is currently in India on a two-week tour interacting with government officials, think-tanks and activists on anti-corruption.Mr Cerasoli has over a three decade-long public service experience.He has provided major contributions to responsible professional ethical conduct in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Inspectors General community in the US, and in a number of foreign nations. In December of 1999 as president of the Association of Inspectors General, Mr Cerasoli appointed a committee of federal, state, and local inspectors general to create principles and standards for the offices of Inspector General, which culminated in the creation of a Green Book."Today in its 2004 revised form, this book represents the principles and standards of the Inspectors General community in the US," says Mr Cerasoli. In fact, on a number of occasions, the US states departments took his help to educate developing and post-conflict countries on anti-corruption issues of internal audits, ethics, and rule of law.He feels that corruption has a direct impact on the poor and the tax payers of any country. "The best way to tackle corruption is by educating the citizens on the code of conduct and also by ensuring timely intervention when needed," affirms Mr Cerasoli.On India, he says, "I don't have adequate knowledge yet about the level and kind of corruption that exist here, but I am getting to know about it through my interactions with various Indian officials and think-tanks."


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