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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Scandals near end of a Governor's term

About this time 8 years ago, the ILB recalls posting scandal-type stories about the Kernan/O'Bannon administration. For example:

Feb. 20, 2004 - "Kernan vows quick BMV reform: GOP critics call review a 'whitewash'"

August 30, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2004 - "Another indictment of an Indiana quasi-public entity" - re the problems at state quasi-public agencies such as the Intelenet Commission and PERF.

Also, from May 17, 2004: "Both the BMVC and now the IEDC were established to remove their functions from the direct control of the Governor, and instead place them under the control of an "authority" insulated from the voters by layers of bureaucracy. To my mind, and as I wrote last month, that is not a good thing ...".

Eight years later, Governor Daniels, who promised (the 2005 post is worth rereading) at the beginning of his term to "cut costs, [and] to use data to make decisions and measure performance," along with a "greater emphasis on management," has seen a number of scandals, including: Duke Energy and the Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC); the Department of Revenue (DOR) and the mislaid half a billion dollars; and a multitude of serious issues at both the Department of Child Services (DCS) and the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 23, 2012 02:26 PM
Posted to Indiana Government