63A-13-201 Creation of office -- Inspector general -- Appointment -- Term.
(1) There is created an independent entity within the Department of Administrative Services known as the “Office of Inspector General of Medicaid Services.”
(2) The governor shall:
(a) appoint the inspector general of Medicaid services with the advice and consent of the Senate; and
(b) establish the salary for the inspector general of Medicaid services based upon a recommendation from the Department of Human Resource Management which shall be based on a market salary survey conducted by the Department of Human Resource Management.
(3) A person appointed as the inspector general shall have the following qualifications:
(a) a general knowledge of the type of methodology and controls necessary to audit, investigate, and identify fraud, waste, and abuse;
(b) strong management skills;
(c) extensive knowledge of performance audit methodology;
(5) If the inspector general is removed for cause, a new inspector general shall be appointed, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve the remainder of the term of the inspector general of Medicaid services who was removed for cause.
(6) The Office of Inspector General of Medicaid Services:
(a) is not under the supervision of, and does not take direction from, the executive director, except for administrative purposes;
(b) shall use the legal services of the state attorney general’s office;
(c) shall submit a budget for the office directly to the Department of Administrative Services;
(d) except as prohibited by federal law, is subject to: