In response to my complaint, the Board of Regents is invoking several defenses from claiming that “no wrongful act [was] committed” to the doctrine of “sovereign immunity.” I doubt that any of their defenses will hold up, but my guess is that this is an attempt to throw everything they can at us to see what sticks. Also, the BOR claims that my allegations and requests are now “moot” because — after I was forced to file a lawsuit — they “produced all responsive documents within [their] possession custody, and control.”
I’m really glad that this story came out and I hope it continues to shine the light on USG’s Board of Regents, a governing body with no accountability. This cannot be acceptable. I don’t claim to know all the answers, but I don’t think allowing a Governor to appoint whoever he wants to be in charge of a billion dollar budget is the way to go.
Normally I would respond to each person individually, but given the level of bickering going on I figured I might as well address all of it in one fell swoop.
Above all else, I am an advocate for full disclosure and accountability in government. Can anyone tell me to a 100 percent certainty where the money at Georgia Perimeter College was misspent? No, you cannot. Not if you’re relying solely on their special review audit.
The millions of dollars that was just misspent because the “right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing” is inexcusable. What’s more, the internal audit (no conflict of interest there) was incomplete, did not represent a full scale audit, and even admits that “fraud or malfeasance” could have gone undetected because of its incompleteness.
I’ve had a productive week on this blog thanks to a new release of documents from the University System of Georgia. Granted, it’s not the full amount that I’ve requested, but this latest set of emails shows that my “broad” request was necessary. The wider the net, the less of a chance the USG will have to fish out what they don’t want us to see.
Once again, they used the same process of printing out each document and scanning them back into a PDF image file as to circumvent the ability to keyword search. I’m almost positive that this isn’t accidental. As I’ve done before, I ran the emails through an optical character recognizer, so anyone has the ability to search these 700 something pages of emails.
While the USG officially claimed to have no culpability their lack of budget oversight, Steve Wrigley, executive vice chancellor for administration, wrote he was “flabbergasted the system office allowed it to go on.”
In that same email between Wrigley, John Fuchko, chief audit officer, and John Brown, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, discuss a talking points memo regarding what went wrong at GPC.
Georgia Gwinnett College then comes on the radar when Ben Riden, associate vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, says that GGC’s auxiliaries were “headed toward a negative overall operating position in 2013.”
Brown further’s this concern in another email, subject line entitled: “Help!”