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Did automated audits replace Georgia’s ethics auditors? Nope.

Did automated audits replace Georgia's ethics auditors? Nope.
March 28, 2012 --

Former state ethics official Rick Thompson says Georgia doesn’t need all the auditors and investigators it once had because auditing of politicians’ financial disclosures is now automated. This would seem to refute some of my recent findings about weak ethics enforcement in Georgia.

Except, of course, that it’s not true.

No ‘magic shield’ protects agencies targeted by investigators

No 'magic shield' protects agencies targeted by investigators
January 5, 2012 --

Exactly three years ago today, I requested records of credit card statements for former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. A week or two later, after someone let it slip that the sheriff’s office had a bank account that other county officials didn’t know about, I asked for those records too.

I’m still waiting. Legally, though, there’s no valid reason that I should be.

We all want tax credits, but who are THESE guys?

December 12, 2011 --

A blog about public records …

Tracking down the investors who want Georgia to give them $125 million in tax credits isn’t as easy as it should be. A walk through online disclosures identifies some of the suits who hope to be getting some of that.

Feb. 16

February 16, 2011 --

UGA prof still teaching despite ‘deplorable’ behavior UGA harassment policy: ‘A culture of acceptance’ State monitoring Gwinnett charter school over fairness of lottery New AG pushes for tougher sunshine laws Undercover cops drank shots before APD’s Eagle raid Cobb EMA director placed on paid leave Forsyth Co. ethics chairman resigns AG to Savannah: Turn over public records […]

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar
November 11, 2010 --

Public officials laughed, snarled and stalled when asked to release documents under the Georgia Open Records Act, a new audit has found. Overall, the 2010 Georgia Student Sunshine Audit reports that public institutions did a better job this year handling requests for public records. Still, one in five university students were denied access to documents that clearly should be public, the audit reported. The most frequent withholders of records, the students said, were … universities.

Aug. 31

August 31, 2010 --

Former teachers claim Gwinnett had covert layoffs AirTran fined $500K for treatment of disabled passengers WellStar agrees to $2.7M settlement with state Industries defend state tax exemptions Augusta VA nurses protest work conditions Bar settles for $1M after customer’s fatal DUI RYDC director arrested in gambling raid Audit: Central Ga. agencies hit & miss in […]

Ga. police agencies fare poorly in statewide open records audit

November 12, 2009 --

Georgia law enforcement agencies looked somewhat less than law-abiding when student journalists asked for public records, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation reported this week. Authorities refused students’ requests, charged them excessive fees and grilled them on why they wanted the information. One sheriff complained to the president of Mercer University.

BankTracker uses public data to sort out troubled banks

May 26, 2009 --

Georgia leads the nation in bank failures. What better time to chat up a Web site that uses public records to analyze the strength of every bank in America? BankTracker calculates and publishes a “troubled asset ratio” for every bank, as well as other key financial information, all derived from public filings with the Federal […]