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The Office of Inspector General provides the following services:

  • Investigations
  • Damage Claims Program
  • Internal/External Audit
  • Construction Audit
  • Prequalification Applications

Report Fraud
Fraud Hotline: 1-800-671-7867

Amos Padilla, Inspector General


The purpose of the Office of Inspector General is to prevent and deter fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The OIG Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  If you do not reach a live person please leave a voice message with the details of the complaint as well as your contact information and somebody will get back with you as soon as possible. 

Fraud Hotline: 1-800-671-7867

OIG Hotline Email:

Leah Tafoya-Chan, Staff Manager

Amos Padilla, Inspector

Damage Claims Program

The Damage Claims Program seeks to obtain reimbursement for damages to State property as a result of motor vehicle crashes. The Damage Claims Administrator works with Risk Management, Accounting, and private insurance companies to accomplish this mission.

Shannon Martinez, Damage Claims

Internal/External Audit

The OIG conducts performance audits to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Department’s processes, increase accountability, and improve internal controls.   The Internal Audit Section also assists with oversight of the Overhead Cost Rates. 

Engineering & Design Consultants Procedure for Determining Overhead Rate

State Departments of Transportation are required to provide reasonable assurance that Architectural and Engineering Consulting Firms are in compliance with the Federal Cost Principles on Federal-Aid Highway Program (FAHP) funds. This procedure will establish the process in which the NMDOT will determine that compliance.


  • Independent Auditor’s Report on Statement of Direct Labor, Fringe Benefits, and General Overhead PDF AND Independent Auditor’s Report on Internal Controls and Compliance PDF
  • The AASHTO Internal Control Questionnaire for Consulting Engineers (ICQ) PDF
  • Documentation sufficient to establish the reasonableness and allowability of executive compensation (see sample National Compensation Matrix) XLS
  • The Consultant Cost Certification document PDF


Amos Padilla, Inspector General

Construction Audit

Prequalification Requirements

Pursuant to the Contractor Prequalification Rule 18.27.5 NMAC (01/01/15, as amended through 06/08/21), prime contractors shall obtain prequalified status with the New Mexico Department of Transportation as a condition to submitting a bid.

Subcontractors shall obtain prequalified status before performing any work or supplying goods or services to the project.  To obtain prequalified status, prime contractors and subcontractors shall submit a timely, complete and conforming prequalification packet to the Office of Inspector General at the address on the packet.  Prime contractors shall submit a new or renewal packet no later than seven (7) calendar days before the opening of any bid.  Subcontractors shall submit a new or renewal packet before performing any work or supplying goods or services to the project.  Prequalification status is published on the Office of Inspector General’s prequalified contractors and subcontractors list.  Packets and copies of the Contractor Prequalification Rule may be obtained from the Office of Inspector General at:

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