Some Discussion on Audit Non-Compliance

During the 9/16/10 and the 10/21/10 meetings of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council (LLAC) we heard quite a bit of discussion about the “non-compliance list” that is published by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA), and whether or not the Town of Jonesboro was on – or should be on – that list.

We decided to do some digging in the Louisiana’s Revised Statutes (RS) and see what the law says.

RS 39:72.1 Compliance with audit requirements

A. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no funds appropriated in the general appropriations act, the capital outlay act, or other appropriation act, shall be released or provided to any recipient of an appropriation if, when, and for as long as, the recipient fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of R.S. 24:513.

What this means is that money appropriated from the Louisiana Legislature in House Bill 1 (HB1 – General Appropriations) or House Bill 2 (HB2 – Capital Outlay) shall not be released to the recipient if they are not in compliance with the provisions of LA RS 24:513.

RS 24:513 – Powers and duties of legislative auditor; audit reports as public records; assistance and opinions of attorney general; frequency of audits; subpoena power

A.(4) Paragraph (3) of this Subsection and Subsection B notwithstanding, the legislative auditor may audit or investigate a local auditee only in those instances when:
(a) The local auditee has failed after thirty days written notice from the legislative auditor to comply with the provisions of this Section relating to timely audits.
(c) The local auditee exhibits a record of egregious control deficiencies and failures to comply with laws and regulations.
(d) The legislative auditor has received complaints of illegal or irregular acts with respect to the local auditee.

To us, this appears to grant all the authority necessary for the LLA to place Jonesboro on the non-compliance list. And it should have been done when the first disclaimer of opinion was issued in the 6/30/08 financial report.

Finally, there is this provision that adds teeth to the law.

K. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance and gross misconduct in office, and shall be subject to removal.

Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has covered Jonesboro extensively since last summer. See here the archive for past news stories.


7 Responses to “Some Discussion on Audit Non-Compliance”

  1. Renee Stringer Says:

    “Teeth” have been in place for some time, to deal with every aspect of every minute detail of the corruption in the Town of Jonesboro. The “Jaws” that have the “teeth” up unto this point, have remained closed due to the POLITICAL intervention of certain individuals. It amazes me how the “Jaws” will open long enough to try to DEVOUR certain individuals, and stay clamped shut on issues that are serious in nature. Perhaps with the upcoming investigation, ALL TEETH will be exposed and the “JAWS” will be exercised repeatedly.

  2. heard it but still don't believe it Says:

    Amen sister. I can see some redemption in the future for Jonesboro.

  3. Can Man Says:

    You tell them Renee ! We beside yu all the way , give’em Hell !

  4. Fed Up Fed Says:

    Walter—You are doing the people of Jonesboro and Jackson Parish a great service, and you’re doing it very well. Congratulations!! Renee, the last time we had any conversation, we got our swords crossed and I made you unhappy (or maybe angry). I don’t think that will happen this time; I support you fully in your efforts to clean up the mess that Jonesboro seems to be in. With Walter, you and Jimmy Schmidt leading the way, I know that many other good people in the area will join you and roust the rascals out of office and maybe out of town, and just maybe into jail. Wouldn’t that be something to celebrate!

  5. Renee Stringer Says:

    Dear Fed,

    Iron sharpens Iron, so I have been sharpened by your comments, enlightened and encouraged lately. Thank you for your support and thank you for thinking of our Town. We have a wonderful Town, we have great people and we will survive this rough place we are currently experiencing.
    The only direction before us now is up and hopefully we are quickly headed in that direction.

  6. Albymyself Says:

    Behind you 100%. Wrote article on other comment section. Somethings going on most people don’t know about. If you don’t deduct from employees pay checks you can hold on to that money and make the bottom line look good. If you don’t pay it out it just accumulates in checking account.

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