Of course, virtually all of our major news outlets think it’s major scandal, need to know information, when a Sound Transit error causes costs less than 0.01 percent of their budget.
Yet curiously, their interest in the details of agency management falls away when yet another state audit reveals the agency is fully compliant with state law, and has adequate internal controls (pdf):
The Transit Authority complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined. Internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets.
In response to a whistleblower report, the Auditor also checked out $164,000 in other possibly improper payments to local nonprofits. The auditor found that $8,050 of that was actually improper, of which $3,200 was spent after ST received a warning from the auditor.
Guess the headline in the Times today? I know that this is the way the media works, and I’m glad the whistleblower filed his complaint and forced an end to illegal expenditures. At the same time, when public perception is skewed by this kind of selective reporting, it doesn’t help voters make intelligent decisions about the agency.
While we’re on the subject of governance, four ST projects received local engineering awards. They don’t sound like a big deal, but they’re better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.