Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why not audit everyone?

State Auditor reveals significant problems in the
Office of the Secretary of State. link

Most state agencies have had a century, literally,
to get their books in order.

Yet, with almost monotonous regularity,
every special audit seems to reveal gross mismanagement.

It is obvious that there is a need for auditing other than the
audits done by the same people who are wasting or stealing
millions of tax dollars every year.

I can't begin to tell you how much independent forensic
auditing of contracts would cost, but whatever it costs,
it has to be much less than the amount that is wasted or
stolen, year after year, after year.

It would be cost effective to perform a forensic audit of
every agency, every year.

Corruption and incompetence would end with regular audits,
because like vampires,
neither can survive in the sunshine.

Accountability is 100% fatal to corruption and incompetence.

It can be made impossibly difficult to waste or steal
without getting caught.

We lack only the will to do it.

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