Democrats to Seek Watered-Down Internal Audit Function
While the County Board majority (Fisette, Hynes, and Tejada) seemed to agree with Board Member John Vihstadt on April 16th about going ahead with implementing an independent internal audit function in County Government, what they actually will agree to is an Internal Auditor who will not be independent and who will be a 'team player' in the County Manager's Office.
While Vihstadt is seeking an independent Internal Auditor who has received certification by the Institute of Internal Auditors (check it out on the Web), the County Board majority, County Manager's Office, and Arlington Democratic Party are fearful that any internal auditor or auditors that adhere to IAA's standards of ethics and objectivity will discover and reveal the extent the of the County Board / County Manager fiscal irresponsibility, including non-adherence to accounting standards, lack of objective criteria (cronyism), mismanagement, and fraud.
County Manager Donnellan and Finance Director Cowan refused to answer direct questions by County Board member Libby Garvey about TIF funds related to Crystal City and Vihstadt's questions about transportation funds related to the Pike streetcar on April 16th.
The County Board and County Manager will attempt to reach an agreement about an Internal Auditor for County Government over the next several months.