I see that the capable folks at my favorite quasi-accountable public money slush fund, the Portland Development Commission, are at it again. Outed for entering into a series of highly questionable no-bid contracts for "management coaching," and "consulting" by a recent college grad with no relevant experience, now they're commissioning an "audit" of their own contracting practices.
And who will perform the "audit"? An experienced national accounting firm, hired in a transparent competitive bidding process, with no previous ties to the PDC?
Bwahahaha! Surely I jest. It will be the same folks who already audit the PDC's financial statements. And as far as I can tell, they were hired for the latest "auditing" job by, you guessed it, a no-bid contract of the very kind that they're supposed to be scrutinizing.
The PDC version of "process" is funny. Appeals of the agency's actions -- including protests on issues of alleged conflicts of interest -- are decided by the same people who made the original decision. Now the audit of their contracting practices is being conducted by a firm with pre-existing ties to the very group they're supposed to be checking up on. It makes you wonder if there isn't something ugly under every rock that a thoughtful investigator would turn up.
You know who ought to be auditing the PDC? Someone with criminal jurisdiction.
Of course, the prospect of having Teddy's ODOJ or Team Goldschmidt Field General Schrunk do it is laughable. But where is the U.S. attorney? Too busy authorizing illegal searches of Muslim homes, I guess.
» Time to comment on two posts by Jack Bog from JohnHays.net
The first post is Big Mike's got it right. This post is about Yale Law Professor Michael Graetz's plan for fundamental federal tax reform. I like the plan.
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