* Keep in mind when reading these first couple of excerpts that these are the same people who want us to trust them with a $16 billion pension obligation bond, a $31 billion capital spending plan, a Lottery lease, etc…
An audit of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Office of Management and Budget found that the state’s top fiscal office did not competitively bid some services and failed to maintain even the most basic records of major financial activities.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Office of Management and Budget improperly awarded state contracts and had difficulty monitoring others, a state audit said Wednesday.
The review by Auditor General William Holland found that the budget office did not issue contracts based on required competitive bidding procedures. It also wrongly paid employees for travel expenses and failed to document workers’ pay raises.
“As the management agency of state government, they’re setting a poor example,” Holland said.
* From the auditor general’s summary…
The Office did not exercise adequate controls over contractual agreements.
The Office did not exercise adequate control over its interagency agreements and related travel expenditures.
The Office did not exercise adequate control over its travel functions. […]
The Office did not fully comply with annual financial reporting requirements set forth by continuing disclosure undertakings.
The Office did not comply with provisions of the Accountability for the Investment of Public Funds Act…
* Aaron Chambers discusses another audit of CMS and Health and Family Services…
…CMS and HFS — the agency responsible for managing the state’s health care programs — forged an agreement under which CMS raided nearly $20 million set aside for state worker health insurance to pay costs associated with worker’s comp. This is the “health care governor,” after all.
CMS also had trouble keeping its fiscal years straight, Holland’s audit found.
Go read Chambers’ post for the full effect. Horrid.
The largest state government employee union is upset with the Blagojevich administration’s contract offer that the union says will result in a pay cut for its members.
The offer doesn’t meet the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ idea of a contract that gives state employees “decent wages, health care they can afford and secure retirement,” AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said.
“The administration is seeking to shift significant new health-care increases on state employees and new pension costs and pay (increases) that wouldn’t keep pace,” Lindall said Wednesday. “The end result would be a pay cut for state employees who in recent years have seen their ranks reduced sharply and their workloads increased at the same time.”
Labor unrest is just what this administration needs.
* Lawmaker laments ’session of nothing’
* A lot has to happen in three days
* Lawmakers racing the clock on budget
* Lawmakers hustle to craft spending plan
* House Democrats: little chance of passing capital plan
* Governor optimistic on big plan
* Editorial: Prospects for Illinois Works are dim
* Pension reform bill advances to full House
* Comptroller says Illinois needs to find other higher education funding