IRVINE, CA — In her first appearance to Orange County as National Recovery Act Inspector General, Laura Chick sat down with the Orange County Business Council and Orange County business leaders to discuss her new role as Inspector General.
Chick, formally LA City Controller, was selected by Governor Schwarzenegger to track, monitor and ensure accountability in the funds dished out to California under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As the stimulus watchdog for California, Inspector General Chick’s three priorities are simple: deter, detect and disclose.
“I am taking it very seriously to show the people that government can actually do things right,” said the Inspector General. “I am very hopeful that out of bad times can come good things.”
Chick, will be watching for waste, fraud and abuse, and whether the estimated $50 billion in direct spending from ARRA is used appropriately in California.
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Chick to ensure that this funding goes toward its intended purpose of creating jobs and help revitalizing the economy.