Here is the comment that McHenry County Finance Committee member Nick Provenzano wrote under the article about the County Board’s pending vote to allow the public to see the Veterans dental care audit:
Audits are completed by the Auditor [Pam Palmer] on behalf of the County Board.
The County Board can waive the FOIA exemption with a simple majority vote.
The fact that I had to fight for four months to get to the point where I was able to cast a vote to waive the FOIA exemption at the Finance Committee is ludicrous.
Cudos to new Finance Chairman Mike Skala for not giving up until we got a chance to vote on this.
This Audit was completed so long ago that they even had time to bake two, yes, two rounds of management responses into it (CYA x 2).
My position has been clear:
ALL audits (internal or otherwise) should be released to the public.
The good ones and the bad ones.
Let the public sort out if corrective actions were sufficient.
I’ve been told that we can’t release internal audits because employees will not cooperate in future audits if we do.
My response is ALL government workers are at-will employees – if they don’t cooperate on an internal audit you should be shown the door.
I’ve read this audit and until the full county board approves its release, I can’t tell you what’s in it.
But I can certainly describe my reaction to the results:
I was dismayed, disgusted and then totally pissed off.
I can’t wait until I’m allowed to publicly explain why I will be calling for, no, DEMANDING, a stronger follow-up to this audit.
The fact that it took 14 MONTHS to release the original findings is unbelievable.
That’s right the audit was completed in April of 2014 but I’ll let others explain why they needed 14 months and another round of corrective action/management responses before they were ready to share it with their bosses – the taxpayers.
Cal, You won’t have to FOIA this audit.
I will give you my copy as soon as we cast our votes on Tuesday.
That is if the Board decides to release it….