Monday, April 04, 2011

Minimizing the impact of the COSO audit

The leadership of the APS has a problem; the COSO Analysis and Review.

It amounts to a scathing report on administrative incompetence and corruption (guilty knowledge of ongoing incompetence).

It appeared on the agenda of the last meeting but one, before newly elected Board Members took their seats. The minutes indicate the COSO Analysis and Review was presented to the board at that meeting. If you read the minutes, link, and you read the Analysis and Review, link, you will be compelled to agree that the minutes do not reflect the gravity of the results of the analysis and review. You will be compelled to agree that the minutes are a "spinning" of the truth.

The minutes do not mention for instance, that the auditors again found; the leadership of the APS is a bunch of good ol' boy, among whom;

  • specific promotion criteria are not clearly documented or understood,
  • there is no system confirmation that required performance reviews are actually being done, and,
  • promotion criteria do not include adherence to behavioral standards.
Another recent audit found, administrative evaluations are "subjective and unrelated to promotion or step placement".

In the same audit, it was found that anyone who tries to hold an administrator or board member accountable for their conduct and competence, does so in a culture of fear of retribution and retaliation.

Kent Walz and the Journal are doing their part to help hide the COSO Analysis and Review from the community. It has been more than a month since the report was released and weeks since I brought it specifically to the Journal's attention (email to Journal Education Reporter Hailey Heinz).

A lawyer laughed at me recently, out loud, when I asked about the possibility of bringing a lawsuit for journalistic malpractice against the Journal, as a "newspaper of record", for their failure to investigate and report upon credible evidence of an ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

It is likely Kent Walz' response as well, he and Marty Esquivel
laughing out loud together, over the likelihood that either will
ever be held accountable for the coverup of their betrayal of
the public trust.

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