The Office of Investigations has various programs to help the Port Authority maintain a corruption-free environment, including:
The Office of Inspector General has a Fraud Prevention Program (the “Program”) for each of the Port Authority’s major capital construction projects. Commencing with the role out of the Program for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, the Program has been expanded to now include other major capital construction projects, such as the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, the Bayonne Bridge – Raise the Roadway Project, Moynihan Station Redevelopment Project, Lincoln Tunnel Access Program, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Projects, and the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Redevelopment Project. The Program is comprised of the following six components: an Integrity Awareness Program; a partnership with other Inspectors General (federal, state and local) to assist in a variety of ways in maintaining the integrity of the projects; use of the OIG Fraud Hotline; vetting of contractors (described below); background screening of contract employees; and the use of Integrity Monitors.
To ensure that the Port Authority is doing business with firms that possess high ethical standards and a record of law-abiding conduct, the OIG, in conjunction with other Port Authority departments, conducts Vendor Integrity Checks and background investigations of prospective vendors and contractors. To facilitate these Checks, vendors and contractors are required to complete a Background Qualification Questionnaire Package. (See Background Qualification Questionnaire Package links on right-hand side of this page.)
The OIG has developed an Integrity Awareness Program for all Port Authority employees and consultants. This program trains staff on how to avoid situations of corruption, fraud, or ethics violations, and it encourages staff to report possible fraud by Port Authority staff or by those doing business with the Port Authority.
In 2008, the OIG established a new unit to test the various security systems and programs at the Port Authority's facilities and to investigate security lapses in those systems or programs.