New internal control measures and a background-check policy have commenced in Prince William County's information technology department to prevent corruption in an organization rocked by scandal two months ago.
The actions, Deputy County Executive Melissa Peacor told the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday, are among many that will come over the next several months, as officials and an outside consulting firm review the department in which three former employees, along with another Virginia man, allegedly pulled off one of the largest bid-rigging and embezzlement scandals in county history.
"Can we ensure no one will ever steal from the county again? No, but we can put controls in place" to lessen the potential for it to happen, Peacor said. "We are on top of this issue and want to keep the board and the community informed. . . . We have good people left in IT, and they want to prove to the community they do good work."