Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council’s Shameful Special Investigation Audit Is Shining Example Of Why More Oversight Is Needed In Delaware

How can three fiscal years go by where a State Agency is doing whatever the heck they want and no one is the wiser?  Why does it take a whistleblower for the State to get a clue?  Who watches the Watchmen?  This council is supposed to help folks with disabilities.  This is beyond disgusting.  I’ve met Pat Maichle and I would have never guessed she would stoop to these levels.  Issuing contracts without going out for the request for proposal if it goes over $50,000?  Letting contracts continue when the work wasn’t completed?  Travel reimbursement issues?  Yeah, this report has them all.  This report shines a negative light on a council that does do good.  But one bad apple…

The worst part?  The Director was put on Administrative Leave last October and was reinstated in January of this year.  Before the audit was even completed!  While I am happy the Auditor’s office uncovered these shenanigans, it is not up to the Auditor of Accounts to watch this stuff.  We have a procurement office in Delaware.  It seems like nobody is watching what is going on with different state agencies and they are allowed to operate with no oversight.  Delaware state agencies are going rogue.  What will it take?