If the Federal government audits a grant given to the State of Illinois, wouldn’t you consider than an “external” audit?
How about when the Illinois Auditor General was auditing all the RTA contracts with providers of mass transportation?
Would you consider that an “external” audit?
Drawing closer to home, if McHenry County made a grant to a local unit of government, say a township, would you consider than an “external” audit?
There is a section in the Freedom of Information Act that allows, but does not require local governments to hide the results of internal audits and management audits.
This is where the good stuff is found.
But, we as mere taxpayers are considered inferior creatures.
Only the elected members of the Animal Farm are to be trusted to know if what has been found deserves to be referred to law enforcement officials.
The two-legged creatures say, “Trust us.”
If anything is wrong, they’ll fix it.
That line of logic has not appealed to me since Jimmy Carter was President.
McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer was asked by Deputy County Administrator John Labaj to audit agencies receiving senior services grant funding.
That’s what a reply from Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance’s Freedom of Information Officer Cathleen Plodzien wrote the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Bureau after I appealed the denial to see the audit.
Notice that I did not ask for a copy from County Auditor Palmer. She was clearly doing an “internal” audit for the County Board. (That the County Board keeps it secret is a matter you might want to take up with County Board members, if you would like to take a look at the audit.)
I asked for a copy of the audit from the Nunda Township Road District.
Just in case it had been shared.
You can read the Nunda Township Road Commissioner’s letter to the Public Access Division of the Attorney General’s Office below:
An inspection and verification of the financial records of a company or firm by a member of its own staff to determine the accuracy and acceptability of its accounting practices.