Aides To Former Obama Official Interfered With Audit Of Her Office

After working in the Obama administration, Janet Napolitano became the president on the University of California system. Her office was recently audited and two of her aides interfered with the investigation in an attempt to hide wrongdoing.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

UC President Janet Napolitano’s aides interfered in audit of her office, investigation finds

Top aides to University of California President Janet Napolitano interfered with a state audit of her office, suppressing campus criticism of its services and operations, according to findings of an investigation ordered by the UC Board of Regents.

Napolitano approved a plan to instruct administrators from the UC system’s 10 campuses to submit responses to confidential questionnaires about her office for review by her aides before returning them to the state auditor, according to the fact-finding review obtained by the Times.

“Based on the foregoing review, we conclude that members of the president’s executive office did interfere with the surveys,” stated the investigative report, which was conducted by former state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and the law firm of Hueston Hennigan. It added: “We further conclude that two members of the president’s staff undertook these actions with the specific purpose of shaping the responses to be less critical of” the UC president’s office.

While Napolitano knew about the plan to review the survey responses, investigators said there was “insufficient evidence to conclude that she was aware of [the aides’] conduct in purposefully and systematically targeting unfavorable responses.”

The aides were forced to resign as a result. That’s a good thing. They were basically trying to engineer the audit to make things look better than they actually were.

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