Some overdue oversight

October 11, 2012

Bill DiVello, former integrity and oversight director for District CFO Natwar Gandhi, said he could never get a meeting with Gandhi to discuss audit issues. (Jared Soares/TWP)

Wednesday’s hearing on the operations of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue stretched for nearly 12 hours, minus a five-hour hiatus for the Nats game. Before the break, a full panel of D.C. Council members heard from Bill DiVello, former integrity and oversight director for Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, who described a dysfunctional auditing process at an agency that was previously ripped off to the tune of $50 million — a process that left many critical reports unseen by legislative overseers or the public at large. Circulating the reports, DiVello said, “helps keep everybody — not that everybody’s a crook — true.” After the game break, Gandhi dismissed the suggestion his office was trying to evade oversight, but told the council he would start posting summaries of audits on the OCFO Web site. Previously, he explained, he’d kept the reports internal because “there is no benefit derived by sensationalizing that process.” More from Loose LipsExaminer and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Nats lose big, but no big off-the-diamond problems (Post, Examiner)

Howard Brooks, key figure in Sulaimon Brown scheme, gets probation after “substantial” cooperation (Post, WTOP, WRC-TV, Examiner, WaTimes)

Gallaudet suspends its “chief diversity officer” after she signed a Maryland anti-gay marriage referendum petition (Post, WJLA-TV, Blade)

A year after Frank Kameny’s death, his ashes remain unburied (Blade)

UDC honchos say they can turn the ship around (Post)

Check out one of Metro’s swank new cars (AP, GGW, HuffPo)

On North Capitol Street, much anxiety about “the incident” — Friday night’s quintuple shooting (Post)

Why didn’t parks come before development in NoMa? (Housing Complex)

Dangit, NoMa does have an identity: “a neighborhood that’s anchored by the Capitol and Union Station, and graced by wonderful established rowhouse communities around it” (DCist)

At 14th and T, “I Am a Man” (Post)

Model taxi color schemes will go on display as soon as Nov. 1 (Examiner)

David Grosso and Vincent Orange win Current endorsements (D.C. Wire)

State Board of Education member Trayon White is under fire for his meeting attendance (Informer)

Where to end the H Street streetcar line — at Minnesota Avenue or East Capitol Street? (Hill Rag)

Andrew Sullivan has left Adams Morgan, but he’s coming back (Reliable Source)

Your 11-car underground garage is not welcome in Georgetown (Current via Dish)

Dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue south of Howard U.? (Park View D.C.)

Health insurance exchange plan “creates a perverse incentive for organizations … to drop coverage” (Blade)

Are D.C.’s flood defenses “alarmingly porous”? (Patch)

Omerta is an official policy of the Kingman Park Civic Association (City Desk)

On the job with FEMS, emphasis on the EMS (WRC-TV)

Howard University Hospital employees keep memories of Griffith Stadium alive (WUSA-TV)

OCTOgate figure is a key witness in D.C. contract appeal (WBJ)

Meet a Nats-loving bank robber (DCist)

Our human capital index is massive (Wonkblog)

D.C.’s swaggiest neighborhood is … Georgetown (City Desk)

Man killed in daylight shooting just across from Gallaudet campus (Crime Scene)

Woman found dead in Ivy City (Crime Scene)

D.C. cop arrested in Pittsburgh after threatening bus driver (Examiner)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · October 10, 2012