In the Jan. 21 story, “Report questions CRC spending,” Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, was quoted: “In a project of such huge scale and complexity, at least some errant billing and bookkeeping is inevitable.”
Moeller was elected to represent the 49th district.
I reject his entire quote. In a big project, accounting procedures are more important to ensure no fraud of money by lack of audit trails.
This remark illustrates little understanding of fundamental accounting theory. Example: Government performs a company audit and finds improper accounting practices. This renders them unable to figure income. This response would be unacceptable.
If Moeller’s quote is accurate, he should resign for the reason of being confused in comprehending the importance of accuracy of public money. This is public money. If a public company answered this way to a forensic investigation … terminated. Perhaps a job as CFO of Enron?
Tiffany Couch, a forensic CPA, wrote the blistering report on the Columbia River Crossing. Any idea how tough that major and exam are?
Moeller’s response indicates why the government has a deficit. The remark is dismissive and arrogant on the seriousness.
David R. Jolivette