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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin announced Friday evening that he will audit an estimated $40 million the Department of Water and Power paid to two nonprofit groups created to improve relations between the utility's managers and its largest employee union. In his letter to DWP General Manager Ron Nichols, Galperin cited a Friday Los Angeles Times story reporting that the agency claimed to have only scant information on how the public funds had been spent. "Many questions remain outstanding about the expenditure of these funds," Galperin wrote.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO --The California parks department, which was rocked by an accounting scandal last year, still has more work to do, according to a new audit released Tuesday. The department still lacks a system to track spending at individual parks, the report said, and internal budgets are finalized too slowly to adequately plan park operations. The report is the second part of a review conducted by the state auditor at the request of California lawmakers. The first part was released in February.
WORLD
September 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - An independent audit released Thursday accused the U.S. Agency for International Development of “reckless disregard toward the management of U.S. taxpayer dollars,” prompting an angry rebuttal from the agency leading American reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction said the agency funded a $236-million health program without verifying the Afghan government's cost estimate and provided the money directly to the Afghan Health Ministry despite its weak financial management capabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
State Controller John Chiang will conduct an investigation into the administrative and internal controls of scandal-battered Cudahy after receiving several requests from city leaders. “This is a significant milestone for the city,” Mayor Jack Guerrero said. “I'm encouraged by the news.” For several months, Guerrero and the vice-mayor made multiple requests to state officials for an audit after a federal bribery investigation last June revealed widespread corruption at City Hall.
SPORTS
August 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Max Wittek and Cody Kessler, who are competing to become USC's starting quarterback, will get a final audition Wednesday when the Trojans conduct a mock game at the Coliseum. There will be no tackling, but Coach Lane Kiffin said the mock game still offers coaches a chance to evaluate quarterbacks. Wittek reiterated that he thought he and Kessler would be evaluated on their entire performance during training camp, but added, "It's how you perform in the Coliseum, so we're looking forward to this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Jason Song
State legislators unanimously approved an audit Wednesday that will examine sexual assault policies and practices at UC Berkeley and three other state schools. The audit was requested by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), and approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The state review came after Rendon said he was contacted by Lindsay Bubar, an activist who has previously worked with Rendon and nine students at UC Berkeley who filed a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education that alleged the school had inadequately investigated their sexual assaults.
SPORTS
August 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The auditions are over. On Wednesday, in a mock game at the Coliseum, USC quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler had final chances to convince Coach Lane Kiffin they deserve to start the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii. Wittek led three drives that resulted in field goals and also passed for a touchdown. Kessler had two passes intercepted but rebounded to pass for two touchdowns. So the starter will be…. "I don't know that today cleared it up much more because both guys did some good things," Kiffin said after the 121-play game that, by design, featured no tackling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The first track has not been laid, but already state lawmakers are calling for an audit of California's bullet train project. That is one of 10 audits that lawmakers will ask to be approved Wednesday morning by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The $68-billion high-speed rail project is about to begin buying  356 parcels of land in Fresno and Madera counties, and Republican Assemblymen Jim Patterson of Fresno and Frank Bigelow of Madera want auditors to look at the process set up for purchases, including the ability of land owners to appeal offers.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the National Security Agency has overstepped its legal authority repeatedly since 2011 is likely to further erode public trust in the beleaguered intelligence service and spur new calls to constrain its authority to conduct surveillance on Americans. Several members of Congress reacted sharply to the leaked NSA audit, which documents 2,776 violations of privacy rules or court orders, mostly involving unauthorized collection of data on Americans or eavesdropping on foreign intelligence targets who entered the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Nearly a decade after California voters approved a multibillion-dollar tax increase to improve mental health services, the state has failed to provide proper oversight of county programs funded by the measure, a state audit concluded Thursday. State Auditor Elaine Howle looked at the last six years, during which almost $7.4 billion from the Mental Health Services Act was directed to counties for mental health programs. The state Department of Mental Health and a state accountability commission "have provided little oversight of counties' implementation of MHSA programs," particularly regarding their effectiveness, Howle wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature.
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