Saturday, April 19, 2014

Democrats to Seek Watered-Down Internal Audit Function


Hello, Yupette,

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.

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11 Comments:

At 19 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fisette and Donnellan want the internal auditor to report to Michelle 'The Dog ate my spreadsheet' Cowan.

 
At 19 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Friday, so they're hiding the streetcar slush fund in the DHS budget.

 
At 19 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other counties in Virginia fire the County Manager and the Finance Director for refusing to answer direct questions from Supervisors. Not to mention approving constructing $100 million aquatic centers and $1 million bus shelters.

 
At 20 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Libby Garvey could not get an answer from Michelle Cowan, Barbara Donnellan, or Dennis Leach regarding spending from other transportation funds for Crystal City transportation infrastructure rather than using TIF funds.

 
At 20 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post Reporter Patricia Sullivan was present during the entire April 16th County Board - County Manager work session.

 
At 20 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to wonder what the Chamber of Commerce-friendly and REIT-friendly Post will publish about pay-to-play crony capitalism.

 
At 21 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington needs a team of independent auditors to do a top-to-bottom audit of County Government and report its findings directly to the ...Taxpayers!

 
At 21 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Staff has admitted that TIF fund revenues from increasing real estate assessments will be used to fund the Crystal City streetcar.

 
At 21 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fisette and Tejada stated on April 12th that they want a streetcar line from Georgetown to Rosslyn, in Crystal City and Pentagon City, and to cross the reconstructed Long Bridge from Crystal City into SW DC.

 
At 21 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for Patricia Sullivan to either get her facts straight or move on to being a Staff Reporter for the Post's Weekend Section.

 
At 21 April, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a huge difference between an internal auditor and an independent internal auditor who meets the performance and ethical standards of the IAA.

 

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