Resources & Development: Take away tribal credit cards

Here at Resources & Development Committee for special meeting to hear from Navajo government owned enterprises but RDC member Jonathan Perry motions to go to legislation first and then hear from rest of enterprises. Passes.

LEGISLATION 0107-18 FOLLOW UP REVIEW OF DIVISION OF ECONOMIC DEVEOPMENT P-CARD PURCHASES CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, IMPOSE SACTION FOR NOT IMPLEMENTING THE CORERCTIVE ACTION PLAN.

AUDITOR GENERAL when CAP accepted, former DED director Crystal Deschinnie was in place and she reisgned when sanctions recommended and new director took over so Auditor General recommended sanctions against division, which would be the withholding of 10 percent of division budget for implementing one of 12 findings.

DED program manager ANTHONY PERRY agree Mr. McCabe new director and catch up and same time, DED moved forward w implementing CAP.

RDC VICE CHAIRMAN BEN BENNETT how would McCabe feel about being sanctioned.

ANTHONY PERRY McCabe aware of what is going on and there continues to be discussion over sanction.

AUDITOR GENERAL McCabe said if not get DED out of sanction in 12 months then he should be sanctioned.

VICE CHAIRMAN BENNETT what about six months?

AUDITOR GENERAL 12 months fair

RDC MEMBER LEONARD PERRY conclusion by Auditor General said once DED fully implements CAP then all money withheld released to DED. We think we have whip but have wet noddle. All doing is delaying punishments.

RDC CHAIRMAN ALTON SHEPHERD i feel same as RDC member Pete. When DED director leave, then there goes sanctions. So just take away P-cards. And that is what DED director McCabe should do. People in these postions and w P-card and audit two years old. so maybe directive to McCabe. as oversight, take away P-cards. putting our foot down. Look at chapters. We haven’t even given technical assistance to get out of sanctions. Certainly McCabe has authority to do that. If not then look at all division for P-card and ever since implemented P-cards there are issues. And when auditor general Elizabeth Begay confirmed then said revise laws regarding entities sanctioned. There should be no communication with those entities for year. They have to get out of sanction on own. And lot of these corrective action plans can be easily resolved. And Deschinnie just left without without notice and RDC gave her a lot of support. So my directive is put P-cards on hold until accountability. Delegates have P-cards and we have to be accountable so it is doable and can be fixed. Directive to Division Director McCabe put P-cards on hold. Ask Budget and Finance to support my directive.

RDC VICE CHAIRMAN BENNETT I agree

AUDITOR GENERAL up to RDC to set time and could be six months. On pulling P-cards, we have to have some activity that abiding by P-card corrective action plan. Have to go back and review if implementing plan. We have done multiple P-card audits and agree that revisions need to be done to policies of P-cards and ask to make directive to Controllere.

LEGISLATIVE ATTORNEY shall i come up with language regarding directive. Section 4, directive: remove P-cards of employees who have been identified in Office of Auditor General report. Or do u want all P-cards removed?

RDC VICE CHAIRMAN BENNET auditor general office said need some P-cards in place so they can do followup review of corrective action plan.

RDC CHAIRMAN SHEPHERD directive also to Controller cuz they issue P-Cards which are for meals and travel. We don’t want continued abuse of P-cards. If we don’t put foot down then in 12 months cud still be status quo. We are seeing too many P-card abuses.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL two directives: Division Director and Controller and add “make this a priority”

RDC VOTES ON DIRECTIVES, 3-0

RDC VOTES ON 0107-18, 3-0, 11:35 AM

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