The New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) is submitting this report pursuant
to Section 12-113 of the New York City Administrative Code, the City’s “Whistleblower
Protection Law.” Section 4, Subdivision (i) of the law provides that, “[n]ot later than October 31 of each year.
The Whistleblower Protection Law prohibits retaliation against New York City employees,
as well as certain employees of City contractors and subcontractors, for reporting corruption,
criminal activity, conflict of interest, gross mismanagement or abuse of authority in City
government to DOI.
Report on Retaliatory Adverse Personnel Complaints/Annual
In Fiscal Year 2020, DOI received 30 complaints from individuals who alleged job-related retaliation or sought protection for reporting misconduct in City government – two fewer than in the prior fiscal year.
DOI, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General, launched a joint investigation into lead paint abatement practices at NYCHA.
DOI's investigation and findings of complaint alleging that Richard Gottfried fraudulently obtained a position on the Expert Roster as a Mitigation Specialist. The complaint alleged that Gottfried submitted an application that contained false information concerning his education and work experience.
A report regarding some employees of St. Christopher’s, Inc., a Dobbs Ferry, New York-based not-for-profit with more than
$56 million in City contracts to oversee up to 690 children in foster boarding homes, engaged in deliberately falsifying files.
A report on the activities of FDNY Assistant Commissioner John Clair and FDNY contractor, ScanHealth, Inc. While under contract to provide services to the FDNY, Scanhealth, inappropriately paid for Clair's travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses to attend various functions.