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Old 06-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just couldn't resist this one. Saw it on the news tonight, an independent gov't review of Colorado Division of Wildlife expenditures has determined there was $32 million in wasteful spending by the DOW during the 2007-2010 three year period. An accounting error led the DOW to believe they had more money than they actually had. The report concluded that the wasteful spending and accounting error were "unfathomable".

This, from an inter-goverment review, not some group with an axe to grind. Be interesting to see if anything actually comes from this.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yeah I pretty much calculated this myself actually and informed you guys of this years ago, when it was happening...nothing new to me...maybe only new to the homers on here who believe in the government to spend wisely
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It aint the government... it is not taxpayer funded... it is doing far more good than harm... and all the bitching is for not. Rebel, QUIT FISHING
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I think in order to get a good idea with what's going on, you have to understand fund accounting.

Accounting errors were made, true...but here's the thing. If it's in the budget, they HAVE to spend it or they don't get those budget dollars next year. That how it works. In order to fully understand the significance of the error, I think it would be better to first find out WHERE the error occurred and at what level.
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I think in order to get a good idea with what's going on, you have to understand fund accounting.

Accounting errors were made, true...but here's the thing. If it's in the budget, they HAVE to spend it or they don't get those budget dollars next year. That how it works. In order to fully understand the significance of the error, I think it would be better to first find out WHERE the error occurred and at what level.
thinking like this got this country trillions of dollars into debt with china
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This is a very narrow tightrope going over the pits of political conversation here.

I wish they would have used those funds to stock some mountain lakes like clear lake with lake trout or stock a few more metro lakes with pike.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I found a link to an article about this issue in a publication called The Republic from Columbus Indiana:

http://www.therepublic.com/view/stor...-What-Happened

The short article is as follows:

How Colorado's Division of Wildlife overspent $32.4 million
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First Posted: June 04, 2012 - 3:55 pm
Last Updated: June 04, 2012 - 4:02 pm

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DENVER Sloppy accounting at Colorado's Division of Wildlife caused the agency to overspend $32.4 million between 2007 and 2011, according to a state audit released Monday. Here's a breakdown of what happened, and how the agency plans to fix the problem:

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? The Division of Parks and Wildlife didn't "lose" any money, and it didn't spend money improperly, the audit found. Instead, the agency overlooked money that was supposed to stay in "unobligated reserve" and spent more than it should have. The Wildlife Cash Fund Reserve dipped from $37 million in 2007 to $6 million by 2011.

WHO SPENT THE MONEY? The Wildlife Commission, an 11-member board appointed by the governor. The audit found that board members didn't misspend, but they were relying on incomplete data about the reserve.

HOW WAS THE ERROR DISCOVERED? Last year the Division of Wildlife merged with the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. The merger revealed the gap in the Wildlife Cash Fund Reserve, made up of hunting and fishing license fees.

WHO WILL BE PUNISHED? Department of Natural Resources chief Mike King declined to specify how employees have been sanctioned. But

he pointed out to lawmakers that the agency has a new chief financial officer.

WHERE WOULD THAT MONEY HAVE GONE? DNR staff says more than 10 capital projects have been scrapped or put on hold because of the depleted savings. The projects include a new office in Gunnison and a new shooting range in the Denver area.

HOW WILL IT BE FIXED? The audit suggested technical accounting changes to make sure the Wildlife Commission uses complete data, including revised procedures for counting assets and liabilities. The division also plans to correct inconsistencies in how funds are calculated from year to year.

Source: Office of the State Auditor

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't really see that anybody is bitchin more like productive criticism. Now if I was to start into the new trucks the dow gets all the time or how my license fees increase all the time while they close off areas to fish that would be pointless bitchin
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