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Tighten oversight on schools' buying

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2012

~~<p>The term &quot;marginal,&quot; rarely a compliment, is especially disquieting when it's found in a report describing the controls a government department exercises over how it transacts business. It leaps off the page of a Department of Education internal audit recently released about the way the agency handles procurement and contracting processes. DOE officials need to follow scrupulously the corrective actions the auditors recommend.</p>
<p>Failure to do so, according to the report, could cause a continued deterioration in accountability leading to an &quot;unacceptable&quot; status. Even though operations haven't hit that rock-bottom level yet, &quot;a marginal rating indicates that there may be a potential for loss to the auditable area and ultimately to the DOE&quot; &mdash; already quite compelling as an alarm bell.</p>
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The term "marginal," rarely a compliment, is especially disquieting when it's found in a report describing the controls a government department exercises over how it transacts business. It leaps off the page of a Department of Education internal audit recently released about the way the agency handles procurement and contracting processes. DOE officials need to follow scrupulously the corrective actions the auditors recommend.

Failure to do so, according to the report, could cause a continued deterioration in accountability leading to an "unacceptable" status. Even though operations haven't hit that rock-bottom level yet, "a marginal rating indicates that there may be a potential for loss to the auditable area and ultimately to the DOE" — already quite compelling as an alarm bell. Login for more...



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