There is a fine editorial in today’s newspaper pointing out the lackadaisical attitude of the people who spend our money.
It seems The Associated Press reported a couple of days ago that the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange has spent $368,000 with nine organizations over six months for “outreach” to try to sign up additional customers for ObamaCare. But there was an abysmal lack of oversight by the government agency to make sure any outreach actually took place.
The AP said an audit found the agency was billed for 17,900 staff hours, but could only confirm outreach took place at events for about 3,000 of those hours, or 17 percent, and two of those were for belly dancing and lingerie.
“Six of the nine navigator organizations offered explanations for the time they weren’t at events, saying they were working on social media posts, emails, training or helping with walk-in customers, but auditors said it was still unclear whether those paid hours were spent on exchange-related activities,” the AP story relates.
The executive director of the exchange defended the outreach program as successful but conceded the agency needs to appropriately manage expenses, while offering the excuse that it is a small agency with limited resources.
The editorial suggests there needs to be a bit more oversight when spending our tax dollars.
Please pardon the alert reader who finds this to be a surprise, because, so far as I can find, the morning newspaper has never run said AP story. The Sun ran online a mere five paragraphs of the story with none of the salient details. The Eureka Sentinel bannered the story this week.
Well, the morning paper readers got the gist of the tale from the editorial page today.
All the news that fits … in Eureka.