April 13, 2011 |
The University of the District of Columbia exercised scant oversight over its president's business and travel expenses, an internal audit has found, allowing Allen L. Sessoms to travel widely without developing a budget or seeking approvals required by his employment contract. Sessoms, who has led the District's public university since September 2008, has come under fire in recent weeks for traveling on university funds. WTTG (Channel 5) reported in February about several trips that generally...
August 22, 2012 |
In March, internal investigators delivered a draft audit of the District's troubled tax office to Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi . City officials said the report was finalized within days and has been available ever since for public review. Gandhi's office, however, did not disclose the report when The Washington Post, through the Freedom of Information Act, sought in June to review all of the agency's audits from 2002 to 2012. Gandhi's office has said that draft audits are exempt from public disclosure.
October 16, 2009
The Oct. 12 Metro article "Montgomery Planner Tried to Hinder Audit, Report Finds" gave an unbalanced impression of the recent internal audit of the Montgomery County Planning Department. The internal audit found some problems, and the department corrected them. That individuals within the agency disagreed is neither important nor big news. Disagreement about the scope and conduct of an audit is neither unethical nor a matter of interference. The director acknowledged that he had not adequately documented some expenses.
December 3, 2012 |
A Prince William County pension plan for volunteer firefighters is under fire after a report revealed it has been mismanaged for years. Some critics are also asking why the report is dated June 22 but wasn't made public until last week by the Board of County Supervisors. Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) said the report wasn't finalized because it was not yet accepted by supervisors on the three-member Board Audit Committee. A report must be accepted by the committee before it is made public, he said.
October 8, 2012 |
The District was warned more than once that employees could alter records used to calculate tax bills and refunds, leaving the system vulnerable to manipulation. Just as internal auditors this year found flaws in the database used to calculate D.C. property tax assessments, external auditors found problems of a similar nature in another database used to process bills and refunds. The District's Office of Tax and Revenue did not restrict the access of employees who were able to make...
September 5, 2012 |
DISTRICT RESIDENTS unfortunately have had reason to be uneasy about how the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has conducted its business. Harriette Walters's theft of nearly $50 million was just beginning to fade from public memory when another employee was caught stealing public money. Given these past problems, it seems only prudent that the D.C. Council would want a thorough airing of new questions that recently have been raised about the office's operation. The office, which has the critical task of...