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N.O. inspector general says city reforms of donations accounting fall short

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The city's inspector general says municipal leaders have failed to follow through on pledges to reform its practices in accounting for non-governmental donations to the city.

FOX 8 received this news release from the Office of the Inspector General Monday afternoon:

The City of New Orleans Inspector General today released a Follow‐Up Report: "City of New Orleans Miscellaneous Donations Fund and America's New Orleans Fund Report".

The City failed to update its Accounting Policies and Procedures as promised. It did issue an updated donations policy, but it was after this report was completed. The City also asserted that quarterly reports to the Council on donations were submitted, but did not provide supporting evidence. None of the promised actions for five observations were completed, e.g., the City still incurs bank charges for ANOF, which was dissolved in August 2011.

A 2nd follow‐up report will be performed within eighteen months. 

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux said, "The recommended actions would prevent the City from making the same mistakes in the next disaster."

You can read the OIG's full report at NOLAOIG.org (PDF format).  And the initial Sept. 2011 report is also available online.

The Mayor's Office sent this brief statement by Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin in response to the report:

The City designed and has issued its first-ever donations policy and also provided the non-major funds reports to the City Council at its monthly budget committee meetings. (For example, please see the attached video of City Finance staff presenting the report from the July 19, 2012 budget committee here: http://nolacitycouncil.com/video/video.asp (See video at 1:43:09)

Although we provided the Inspector General with copies of the non-major funds reports that we had developed for the budget committee, we had not formally sent the reports to be ‘officially' recorded by the Council and will do so moving forward.

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