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Dear Source:
"This is the one and only government entity upon which we depend to conduct honest, independent audits, one that has been scrupulous in ferreting out malfeasance …" said Senator Lorraine Berry to Gov. Charles W. Turnbull on Friday, urging him to direct Office of Management and Budget Director Ira Mills to release the remaining funds appropriated for the V.I. Inspector General's Office.
The senator's letter reflected her concern that, as the inspector general had indicated in his own letter to Mills, the Inspector General's Office would have to close in mid-summer should the funds not be released.
"So? What do we have to lose?" That may be the question some in
Government House may be asking, and thinking along the lines of, "It's a win-win situation, we get to keep the $959,000 and at the same time get rid of those pesky audits."
I wonder, though, if anyone up there is thinking about all those millions of dollars the islands get from the federal government, and whether the feds might decide that, if the territory can't account for how it is spending that money, maybe it would be best to keep those dollars on the mainland. And why wouldn't they, the Administration is pushing the cost of more and more of what were once federal expenditures down on the states, most of which are in financial distress themselves. Could be that the governors of some of those mainland states might think that a good idea.
John D. Thompson
Fairfax, Virginia

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