Think About It: Accountability Lapse - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

March 5, 2018

Think About It: Accountability Lapse

All kinds of state agencies have come under fire lately for alleged misappropriation of funds or some form of fiduciary negligence. State salary overpayments, issues at HTA, OHA, HART, pick an acronym- it's probably being questioned. Some of these instances will surely be explained once the details and circumstances can be better understood, but there is obviously a clear cry for more accountability and transparency. Some may argue that the complaints may be politically motivated, or that the questions asked are really just business as usual.

Except that business as usual in the private sector has many checks and balances along the way, including job security. As in, if you don't keep your financial house in order or make ends meet, you often times lose your job; and you know that. But it's not so easy on the public side of things. There are all kinds of protection in place, ways to deflect accountability all over the place. The bucks stops here, no, here, no here.

One of the reasons things sometime take so long in officialdom is that many people simply don't want to rock the boat, put themselves on the line, augment change or suggest things which might entail more work or a change in how work is done. That leads to stasis, a period of inactivity. Sometimes that inactivity lasts for years. Which is often why things don't change, don't get resolved, and don't get done when it comes to government projects, initiatives, and internal evolution. As Bruce Hornsby once sang, "…that's just the way it is". Think about it…

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