agent of office inspector general (OIG) This morning, the United States Department of Education raided the Puerto Rico Department of Education (DE), the federal agency confirmed to El Nuevo Día.
Catherine Grant, spokeswoman for the Federal Inspector General of Education (OIG-USDE), told Medium: “The OIG can confirm that we are running a search warrant in the area.”
However, he added that “that’s all we can share at this point of time. As per our policy, we do not discuss the details of our work in progress. Our policy has always been to protect and uphold the integrity of our efforts.”
Typically, when federal officials intervene or raid an agency, it is looking for evidence of an active investigation.
For his part, the DE’s secretary, Eliezer Ramos Parés, also did not want to elaborate on the “information request”, but assured that his administration cooperates with the investigation.
“This is an ongoing investigation. Like other investigations, this server will cooperate. We’re going to give full access to federal officials. We’ve been in talks with them throughout the morning, we’ll continue through the day, as long as this investigation is done.” Doesn’t get fulfilled,” Ramos Pares said.
He said that “cooperation with OIG is routine every day. IG has come to collect original documents to continue investigation in this matter. Yes, today’s visit surprises me, it is not customary to give prior information there, but They are enough to update me”.
“The important thing is that they know that we as a department, as an institution, are going to ensure the integrity of the institution so that the procedures are followed and we’re going to point out what’s wrong anyway.” are.”
The secretary also did not want to specify which office the search was conducted “as it may affect the investigation”. “Yes, I can tell you that we are going to cooperate fully and the outcome of that investigation will be known to Puerto Rico.”
“I’m not going to go into specific details of the investigation. Yes, I can tell you that the processes in the Department of Education are working and the staff is responding that any act outside the law, rules and regulations will not be tolerated, “They said.
He added that agents from the United States Department of Health’s OIG are also involved in the operation. new day. However, does not participate in federal health checks, but does cooperate in operations, as per a memorandum of understanding that exists between OIGs of various federal agencies.