The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its report on the investigation of the disappearance of HIV test specimens from St. John, Virgin Islands. Although it could not be determined how or who was responsible, significant weaknesses in managerial controls were identified as a possible cause for the disappearance. The acting Commissioner of Health agreed with the findings and recommendations, and indicated that corrective actions were being implemented. To view the report, click here.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its report on collection activities at the Virgin Islands Traffic Bureau. The audit found that on St. Thomas, collections were not deposited timely nor were they made sequentially; controls were not in place to safeguard license plates, registration stickers and registration certificates; and facilities, especially on St. Croix, were in a deplorable condition of disrepair. The Police Commissioner agreed with the recommendations made and indicated that corrective actions had been or were in the process of being made. To view the report, click here.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its report on the Department of Education’s use of the Education Initiative Fund. The audit found that in general the various schools were using the Fund in accordance with prescribed regulations. It was also found that funds were not getting to the schools on a timely basis. In addition, Education was not allocating funds to the schools in accordance with the formula established by the Virgin Islands Code. Six recommendations were made in the report. To view the report, click here.
U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands David M. Nissman announced a two-count Federal Grand Jury indictment of Dr. Lucien A. Moolenaar, II, DDS for the conversion of Government funds. The indictment was based on an investigation by the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. To view the press release, click here.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its report on the use of Y2K funds by the Virgin Islands Government. The audit found that although positive steps were taken in improving the Government’s computer operations, significant weaknesses in planning, procurement, monitoring and inventory were also identified. Ten recommendations were made in the report. To view the report, click here.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, David B. Cohen, announced at a meeting of the Island Governments Financial Officers Association, that the Office of Insular Affairs will look at how well each jurisdiction’s public auditor’s office is functioning as one of the factors to determine Interior’s discretionary funding level. Click here to see the Deputy Assistant Secretary’s news release.
A delegation from the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General attended a conference in Hawaii sponsored by Earl Devaney Inspector General for the Department of the Interior. Representing the Virgin Islands were Steven van Beverhoudt, Hollis Duncan and Nicholas Peru. The Virgin Islands delegation participated in meaningful discussions with Federal officials and fellow auditors from the Pacific territories.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its investigative report on the operations of the Division of Personnel on St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Although no criminal misconduct was found, a number of serious discrepancies were found in the operations of the office. Twenty recommendations were made in the report. The Director of Personnel agreed with each recommendation, indicating in her response the corrective actions to be made. To view the report, click here.
Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt is pleased to announce the launching of the official web site for the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. Interested persons will now be able to download reports directly from the site, apply for vacant positions, contact employees, and report instances of fraud, waste and abuse of Virgin Islands Government funds. Special thanks go out to iDesign Studios for the work in designing and maintaining the web site. To see a related article in the Source, click here.
Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt announces the release of the Fiscal Year 2003 Audit Plan. Although the plan is ambitious, numerous Virgin Islands Government programs have been scheduled to be audited for the first time in the up coming fiscal year. To see the plan, please click here.