My latest op-ed appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday.* In it, I write about the report on the risk of corruption in our state. The accountants out there will recognize the language that I chose to use in describing what the risks entail:
Virginia lacks the systems necessary to ensure that corruption doesn’t happen, so much so that it could occur and not even be detected.
An audit report on internal control usually includes language about how fraud can occur and not be detected. But that doesn’t mean companies don’t implement internal controls, which is the equivalent of what Virginia has done. So yes, I think the F is well deserved.
One thing I didn’t mention in my column was the “C” Virginia received on redistricting, a score I found surprising. Looking at the details, Virginia got credit for holding the public hearings, even though they didn’t listen to the speakers! An open and transparent process where the end result is already guaranteed is not worthy of a “C” in my opinion.
* – In case you were unaware, my column appears in the paper each week, on Wednesday.