Homeland Insecurity

December 23, 2006 by susan

by Susan
I was going to be festive, and I will resume being festive, shortly. But before I drag my tired old bones off to bed, I have to SHOUT this from the roof top. Why is this buried in the National Briefing section of the NYTimes? (Sorry, no link, I read this on the inky page, December 22.)
Verbatim:
Audit Finds Lack of Controls at Homeland Security The Department of Homeland Security lacks adequate financial controls three years after its creation, an independent audit found. The auditing firm KPMG LLP said for the third straight year that it could not provide an opinion on the balance sheet of the $40.3 billion department, the second-largest federal agency, because of its lax financial controls and oversight. The department last year hired a chief financial officer, David Norquist, for the first time. In a Nov. 15 letter, Mr. Norquist wrote: "We agree with the independent public accountant's conclusions. Since my arrival at the department I have made corrective actions my highest priority as chief financial officer."
Heckuva job, Dave. Read on.

I can understand how we see so many things differently, we being Republicans and Democrats, (I'm being measured, the holiday thing) but I can't understand the fiscal ineptitude of those now in power. The first MBA president and his MBA buddies don't seem to have a clue how to manage, oversee or account for money. From FEMA and Katrina, to Iraq, to the Homeland Security Department, the dollars fly out the door like bees swarming from a hive, with no accountability. All they know how to do with money, as it turns out, is spend it. And that was supposed to be our specialty.
Right above the bit on Homeland insecure spending is a brief on another recess appointment by Bush, this time a self-described conservative TV producer, Warren Bell, to the Corporate for Public Broadcasting. In September, Bell's nomination was pulled from the agenda of a Senate committee "because of some lawmakers' concerns about Mr. Bell's background."
I've got no beef with conservatives serving on the CPB, if their intent isn't simply to disband it, but I do have a beef with a nomination being pulled, only to have Bush then wait until Congress is in recess to make the appointment.
Now, back to festive.

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Tracy (not verified) | December 27, 2006 - 1:53pm

All government agencies are wasteful. None of them can meet Sarbanes Oxley accounting standards, yet you want them to control our healthcare system?

I hope you are equally outraged about the $1 Billion lost on Katrina recovery operations. Would you support more financial controld for all government agencies?

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regdbcvb (not verified) | June 6, 2007 - 10:48pm

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