"We should not limit our focus to the Department of Agriculture," he said. "One of the biggest problems in state government today is we don't have enough transparency and systems in place to fight waste, fraud and abuse. I find it outrageous that ethical problems and mismanagement can be swept under the rug for many years."
Morrisey called on Miley to reform state agency auditing procedures.
"I think it's important that every major state agency, department, office, and constitutional office (attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state and governor), should have a much more regular review of its financial practices to ensure we aggressively reduce waste, fraud and abuse in state government," he said.
Morrisey said the audits should start "immediately" with reports due back to the Legislature by September "so the public has a full appreciation of all the fraud, waste and abuse in state government."
After completing those reviews, the Legislature should start "rolling audits" of state agencies, Morrisey said.
"I feel so passionately about this issue that I'm going to continue calling for these audits until the speaker and Legislature ultimately agrees," Morrisey said. "We desperately need more sunlight because it's clear too much has been buried for far too long."
The Legislative Auditor typically reviews state agencies on a rotating schedule. Morrisey said his staff members, who include investigators and former prosecutors, could assist state auditors.
"We have broad authorities to engage in these investigations, and we look forward to work with any interested parties to save money and root waste out of the system," Morrisey said. "Clearly, it's going to be a pretty busy year."
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