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February 13, 2013

Alberta’s Auditor General’s report, recommendations are significant Canada wide, deal with decades old problem

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An effective GOVERNEMNT cost control framework ensures that  no one rewards themselves at public expense, to make sure  the public is getting the most for its money, make sure that all expense and travel claims are appropriate and handled with a high level of transparency and accountability. And here too an example needs to be made of all those PERSONS who abuse the expense account or sign off on illegitimate expenses by even make such acts criminal plus having the guilty individual return the stolen money. Thousands or millions of dollars abused  TOO OFTEN are an enormous amount of money, and to not have adequate, stringent cost controls in place by now  is an unacceptable  failure of leadership on the part of the governments, ministers, mayors, administrators .  

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Last year, it was revealed that former AHS financial officer Allaudin Merali, while working for Edmonton’s now-defunct Capital Health Region, charged taxpayers almost $370,000 for pricey restaurant meals, to fix his Mercedes Benz and to hire a butler. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/health/alberta-health-dinged-taxpayers-for-private-plane-ride-realtor-fee-auditor-190880421.html

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s auditor general and Alberta Justice launched a $2.4-million probe into the Office of the Public Trustee after a senior trust officer was fired for allegedly stealing more than $120,000 from a trust he was administering. The revelation is contained in auditor general’s   report,  which also found Alberta Health Services (AHS) exercised lax controls in reimbursing 26,000 employees for spending during a 17-month span in 2011-12. “The fact that the control systems essentially have failed over that period have  cost this huge amount of public resources,”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Auditor+general+report+laments+lack+oversight+trustee+office/7953849/story.html#ixzz2KmHTvs6Z

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013  The province of Alberta released the most recent report from the Auditor General – which included dozens of recommendations meant for three different provincial departments. Auditor General Merwan Saher passed the 117 page report on to the provincial government in early February.The report included a total of 33 recommendations is meant to increase accountability for Alberta Health Services, the Office of the Public Trustee, and a number of post-secondary institutions. For AHS, Saher said the organization needs to place tighter controls on expenses, and guidelines for staff to follow when it comes to travel and living expenses. According to the report, AHS spent more than $100 million on travel and hospitality over 17-months.The report outlined a number of incidents where guidelines were not followed.In one case, an AHS staff member was found to have charged taxpayers for flying his own plane – without an explanation as to why the official couldn’t take a commercial flight, or how the rate charged for the private flight was competitive.In another case, one unnamed facility used taxi cabs to transport patients to their homes, some of the charges ended up totaling more than $300 – also, without an explanation.  The only recommendation outlined in the report for AHS was for officials to tighten controls over expense claims, credit card transactions and other travel expenses by improving how charges are analyzed and documented, improve education and training of staff for compliance with expense policies and monitoring expenses and reporting results to the board.The rest of the recommendations, including those for the Office of the Public Trustee and for a number of Alberta post-secondary institutions, can be found online.  Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/ag-report-outlines-recommendations-for-health-authority-1.1154218#ixzz2Kk42rXz8 

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Now   why is this above  finding and related recommendations so important to all Canadian taxpayers the increased accountability now for  all  civil and public servants, cops, RCMP,  politicians, senators? any group that gets government funding too. or what you falsely still do not  think that most other regional boards, sections, they  do not do the same thing, abuse the tax payer’s money unrestrained now too, yes all the other regional governmental executives managers, departments?  Follow the money trail is still the oldest valid rule of Journalism, cost control too.
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It is a sad reality that much too many now Politicians, civil and public servants, RCMP , Cops, City Hall workers, managers do abuse their expenses,  on their out of town travel and living expenses and  here also they do  even make too many quite unnecessary out of town and/or out of the country travel now too. How do I know this firsthand? In one city alone 3 city hall departmental managers boasted to me that they did it and their associates too.
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By the way the people who make false expense statements are also guilty now of tax evasion
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