Tuesday, August 26, 2014

State Auditor receives national award

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement:




State Auditor’s Work Recognized with National Award

Denver, Colo.- Mississippi State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering was the only state official from across the country to receive the prestigious David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014.  This national award is presented once every two years to three auditors from the public sector accountability community who represent federal, state, and local government.

Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)- the federal auditing agency- presented the awards at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver during the 20th Biennial Forum of Government Auditors.

In announcing Pickering’s selection, Berri Davis, director of the Financial Management and Assurance Division of the GAO, said Pickering took the position of State Auditor in 2008 to make a difference in government operations, improve the public’s ability to understand how it works, and help government leaders make better decisions.  “He has worked hard to bridge gaps, create partnerships, reduce fraud and waste, and assist government entities in being better prepared,” Davis said.

In his six years as Auditor, Pickering’s office has recovered more than $21 million in embezzled, misspent, or misappropriated funds.  According to Rutgers University’s Center for Public Integrity, Mississippi is 6th in the nation in the enforcement of public corruption laws.  Additionally, the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) Investigative Division has 57 outstanding indictments and 135 more individuals have pled guilty or been convicted during that time.  Twenty-four public and elected officials have been removed from office through felony convictions due to OSA investigations or they were terminated or compelled to resign due to OSA investigations.

Pickering was recognized for his work with the Mississippi Legislature to modify laws that improved OSA oversight ability and that improved accountability to taxpayers related to:
·         *Auditing the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the new BP Oil Spill RESTORE Act;
·        * State economic development programs and projects that use state funds;
*    *Education accountability measures to improve the accuracy of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula;
·        * His efforts to improve the work of his agency’s Investigative Division.

In accepting the award, Pickering said, “The citizens of Mississippi are beneficiaries of this recognition by the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum. It represents six years of work by the Auditor’s staff to strengthen laws to protect taxpayer money and hold government officials accountable with a zero tolerance for public corruption.”

This is the second major award that the Auditor’s office has received in the past three years. In 2012, Pickering received the National State Auditor’s Association’s “National Excellence in Accountability Award” for his work on ARRA accountability and oversight. 

The National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, created in 1973, is an association of audit executives from federal, state and local governments. It exists to improve coordination, communication, and cooperation among its members, private sector firms, and other accountability organizations to address common challenges, increase public trust, and enhance government performance, accountability, and transparency.

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Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

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Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

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