Posted Sep 30, 2013 11:25 am CDT
The inspector general for an economic development commission in Alaska has a money saving idea: His agency, he tells Congress, should be defunded.
Mike Marsh, the inspector general for the Denali Commission, wrote to Congress this summer, the Washington Post reports. “I have concluded that Denali is a congressional experiment that hasn’t worked out in practice,” he wrote. “I recommend that Congress put its money elsewhere.”
Last year the commission received a base appropriation from Congress of $10.6 million, the story says. Its purpose is to help rural Alaska residents through jobs programs, health care and infrastructure improvements. But the commission builds power plants and health clinics in towns where there is no money to keep them running, Marsh says.
Marsh is a lawyer and CPA who has worked as an auditor for the Alaska government, a municipal attorney in Anchorage and an assistant state’s attorney in Illinois, according to the Denali Commission website and the Post.
Marsh lives in Phoenix and commutes to Alaska when needed, an arrangement that has led the government to audit Marsh, the Post says.
Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.