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Is Houston Another Place Where Oversight Goes to Die?

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here's an excerpt from his latest post:

​In a disappointing, but not surprising move, the Houston Independent School District failed to renew the contract of its chief auditor last week. Richard Patton, whose two-year tenure at the school district was marked by success in turning around a struggling internal audit function, fell victim to an all-too-common danger for conscientious practitioners.

​Simply put, Patton was let go for doing his job.

​Patton was suspended by the district in March for unspecified allegations of misconduct and was allowed to return to work in a diminished capacity in August. Despite requests by Patton's attorney, the district has refused to make public the investigation, which cost the district a reported $17,000, so the reasons for his suspension remain unclear.

Read the full blog post from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers.