State Auditor Beth Wood released a new investigative report today on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

For nine months a technical services analyst at DPI filed for $3,403.03 in travel expenses reimbursement.  Problem is, she never actually traveled, nevertheless she knowingly filed false information.

She was clearly wrong and management with DPI should have caught it and were wrong not to have monitored the requests for reimbursement and allow these false claims to continue.

A former division director engaged in prohibited discussions about returning to work within six months of retirement, in clear violation of state law.

In response to the audit, management at DPI is consulting with their Human Resources folks “to determine appropriate disciplinary action”.  With that,  DPI says appropriate action has been taken to address the findings in the audit and say they have implemented procedures so it won’t happen again. End of story.

Well, that should make everyone feel better, right?   Not the auditor.  Woods says “DPI’s response includes certain implications that are misleading and inaccurate.”

What do you think? Honest remorse and effort to get things right or just more arrogance from DPI like, most recently here and  here and here and here?