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What the Heck Happened to Gwinnett County’s Audit Department?

Why after 25 years of operation was Gwinnett's audit department disbanded?

Gwinnett County established an internal audit department in 1980, as a result of a grand jury recommendation. For 25 years Gwinnett’s internal audit department was active, until 2006 when Jock Connell with the support of Charles Bannister and the other four commissioners eliminated the audit department.    

The experienced and trained audit employees were laid-off or transferred, and the Performance Analysis group was created in its place. The Performance Analysis group’s mission is limited to measuring performance, reporting performance, improving project oversight, and process improvement. The group has no charter to assess compliance with laws and regulations, to investigate possible fraud, or to independently review how taxpayer money is spent. 

The dissolution in 2006 resulted in another grand jury investigation which recommended the re-establishment of the audit department by July 2007. To date, this recommendation has not been acted on by Gwinnett County’s leadership. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m left wondering why after almost six years the audit department has not been re-established? 

Tomorrow part 3 of 3 -  What’s an Audit Department to Do?

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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 29, 2012 at 05:43 AM
The parties at the helm had more personal pressing matters to attend to. After-all we NEEDED that stadium, trash tax program, SDS court case, cell tower lawsuit in district 3, Grand Jury investigations etc.
GregRodgers November 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Exactly "R"... Its easier to slide a budget that may be terrible with spending that will husrt US without an entity monitoring the money. When will the BOC ever learn from its mistakes? In this era of the internet, folks will always catch wind of these government issues, so why not simply do the right thing? Is it really so hard?
Bev Lougher November 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I would think Charlotte Nash would be the person that could address this. Are we surprised that the Bannister board made this move?
James Covidien March 20, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Chickens coming home to roost - http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/da-investigating-gwinnett-commissioners-expense-ch/nWxk7/ http://www.ajc.com/news/news/gwinnett-ex-commissioners-expenses-dwarfed-his-col/nWstW/

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