On February 7, 2006, the federal judge in the case of Shakman v. City of Chicago signed a court order authorizing the Office of Inspector General to follow hiring procedures that make the Office independent from the rest of City government. On June 29, 2011, the Court approved the 2011 City of Chicago Hiring Plan, which was amended in 2014. The OIG Employment Procedures apply only to the Office of Inspector General. These are intended to provide a method of hiring employees that maximizes the independence of the Office and help to ensure that its employees are nonpartisan and free from conflicts of interest. We fill positions directly without going through the Department of Human Resources.