Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer has just announced plans to conduct an audit of “corrective actions” to improve functioning of the Vermont Health Exchange. The audit is to begin in mid-to late September.
“The preliminary objective of this audit is to evaluate whether the State has plans to correct reported shortcomings in Vermont Health Connect (VHC) and the extent to which it monitors these plans. During the course of the audit this objective may change based on the information gathered during the planning phase.”
In his letter to Dr. Harry Chen, Acting Secretary, Vermont Agency of Health &Human Services, Auditor Hoffer explains that his office is aware that the DHHS Office of Inspector General is currently doing fieldwork of its own and has chosen a delayed start date in order to avoid complicating VHC’s efforts with an additional ongoing audit.
Results of the Auditor’s own fieldwork will be reported to the Governor,”other statutorily mandated addresses and the public.”
The Governor should welcome involvement by the Auditor, whose reputation for independence and care can only enhance the credibility of VHC and its commitment to transparency and accountability. It is this kind of proactive effort that will ultimately overcome VHC’s “growing pains.”
Warts and all, this is what good government looks like.