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Inspector General Laura Chick calls for public access to state audit results [Updated]

September 8, 2009 | 11:45 am

State Inspector General Laura Chick called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today to order agencies to disclose the results of hundreds of internal audits that have been kept from the public despite a promise of new transparency.

"It has come to my attention ... that hundreds of valuable and important reports conducted by state departments and agencies are not yet included on your transparency web-site," Chick wrote to the governor.

"By applying the narrow and technical definition of 'audits,' departments have excluded ... critical reports that remain off-line and out of public view," she wrote.

One 2008 report by the state's Employment Development Department found that the Work Investment Board of Los Angeles County failed to comply with rules governing contract payments, executive salary limits and monitoring of receipts.

"There is no reason why this public document should not be shared with the people of California, who not only paid for the report but also paid for the original grant with their [taxpayer] dollars," Chick wrote.

Another report last year found problems with an agency that provided energy efficiency services to low-income residents in L.A. County. The investigation of Veterans In Community Services found $1.8 million in disallowed costs, kickbacks and fraud.

"Though millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to this agency, and the case has since been closed; the report is not posted on your web-site, hidden out of public view," Chick wrote.

[Updated 4:23: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered all inspections and audits by state agencies to be posted on the state website today after Chick complained.

 “Bureaucratic and technical excuses for not posting reports will not be tolerated,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement released by his office.]

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento