Poor Leadership Example
Let’s take a look at some points from a report in which Jim A. Richardson has the responsibility but is very weak in the performance with his team. The state kept mentioning the term “significant weakness” in many areas of the inspection of WPCC. “Sensitive nature of the condition” sure would be a RED FLAG to anyone in management.
Could this have been one of the reasons the Board allowed him to retire? So many lawsuits and questionable inspections can only last so long. At least they picked a much more honorable man with their current president.
2004 Audit Report states:
We found a significant weakness in systems software maintenance. Due to the sensitive nature of the condition found, we have conveyed this finding to management in a separate letter pursuant to the provision of North Carolina General Statute 147-64.6(c)(18).
We found several significant weaknesses in access controls. Due to the sensitive nature of the conditions found, we have conveyed these findings to management in a separate letter pursuant to the provision of North Carolina General Statute 147-64.6(c)(18).
Our audit identified one significant weakness in disaster recovery.
….the disaster recovery plan is incomplete and has not been tested. The plan does not include the following critical components:
• Statement of the assumptions, such as the maximum time without computing, underlying the plan.
• Identification of critical applications in each user department and the priority in which these applications will be restored if resources are limited.
• Identification of key personnel and their assignments during the restoration of processing.
• Alternate user department procedures to manage their workloads until processing resumes.
• An inventory of equipment, special stock and arrangements to acquire replacement equipment.
• A procedure to update the plan when there are major changes to the environment or at least annually.
In the event of a disaster, the aforementioned components are necessary to ensure the proper recovery of the computer resources. Also, a disaster recovery plan should be tested to ensure that the plan is effective.
Office of the State Auditor
State of North Carolina
2 South Salisbury Street
20601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-0601
In accordance with General Statutes 147-64.5 and 147-64.6(c)(14), copies of this report have been distributed to the public officials listed below. Additional copies are provided to other legislators, state officials, the press, and the general public upon request.
The Honorable Michael F. Easley
The Honorable Beverly M. Perdue
The Honorable Richard H. Moore
The Honorable Roy A. Cooper, III
Mr. David T. McCoy
Mr. Robert L. Powell
Mr. Martin Lancaster
Dr. James A. Richardson
Governor of North Carolina
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina State Treasurer
State Budget Officer
President The North Carolina Community College System
President, Western Piedmont Community College