The plan offers the following options for reforming how the office is funded: establish a minimum budget of $2.5 million; establish the budget as a fixed percentage of the overall budget with a minimum of $2.5 million; or allow the Inspector General to submit budget requests directly to the Legislature. “For all 3 options, the V.I. Inspector General Office’s budget should be submitted directly to the Legislature and not be included in the Office of Management and Budget’s established ceiling levels,” van Beverhoudt wrote. The governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the Inspector General’s office was $1,429,500, more than $1 million below what van Beverhoudt’s plan estimates to be the bare minimum for maintaining efficiency.

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