Crit Luallen, Kentucky auditor of public accounts (#341)
Crit Luallen, Kentucky auditor of public accounts, discusses the role she plays in monitoring government spending and offers her opinion on the current economic crisis facing the nation, relating the events on Wall Street to her role as auditor.
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Luallen, who says she has uncovered millions of dollars in government fraud and questionable expenditures during her time as auditor of public accounts, discusses the value of monitoring when and where taxes are being spent in the Commonwealth.
She shares the ways in which her office has successfully evaluated the efficiency of tax-funded programs, known as performance auditing, and recommended plans for improving the programs.
Luallen, a Democrat who was elected auditor in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 with close to 60 percent of the vote, also comments on the challenges she has faced in her post, including accusations that she favors her own political party while monitoring government spending. The Frankfort native also shares a bit of her personal life, including what it is like to be a seventh-generation Kentuckian. She also responds to inquiries about her future plans in Kentucky government.