The Prince George’s Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Advisory Board (ACI Board) has submitted its final report to the Prince George’s County Council for review.

“On behalf of Vice-Chair Eric Olson and the entire Prince George’s County Council, I want to first thank County Executive Baker for his vision to assemble the ACI Board, and thank him for extending the opportunity to the Council to name two representatives to the board,” said Council Chairwoman Ingrid Turner, D.-Dist. 4, in a statement. “My colleagues and I appreciate the hard work of the ACI Board members and we are eager to review their report.”

The board, chaired by former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, recommended creating an inspector general position for the entire government, strengthening the county’s Board of Ethics, and establishing a robust fraud, waste and abuse hotline.

“The evidence gathered confirmed the fact that the vast majority of County Government employees serve the citizens with integrity and effectiveness,” the report stated.

“However, certain areas of operations were identified as in need of improvement.

Cognizant of the financial constraints under which the County Government is operating, the ACI Board suggested changes in operations that it felt would be cost effective and would improve the perception and the reality of this local government.”

The ACI Board also raised concerns about the Office of Audits and Investigations, Office of Human Resources Management and Office of Central Services. It suggests ethics training or education for elected officials and a requirement that all county staff sign a code of ethics statement.

To see the report, visit: www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/BoardsCommissions/ACI/pdf/exsummary.pdf

 

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO