AT A GLANCE
Key EMSA audit findings
State auditors' key findings, recommendations to EMSA in performance audit report released Wednesday:
• Board of trustees reviews budgets in general rather than individual expenditures and has no cost threshold by which more expensive items must be approved.
• Questionable employee purchasing/reimbursement policy, including use of personal rewards cards, travel expenses paid in advance, and sizable bills for meals, valet parking and room service.
• Questionable purchases by authority for retirement and anniversary parties, floral arrangements and Oklahoma City apartment.
• Questionable purchases by EMSA's chief executive officer, Stephen Williamson, including room service, spa treatment and satellite radio subscriptions.
• Perceived conflicts of interest between EMSA and service contractors, sometimes without board approval and in violation of authority's code of conduct.
• A third of board meetings canceled since December 2006 because of a lack of quorum or scheduling conflict.
• Lack of careful selection, orientation and training of board members.
• Inherent difficulties with utility program address data, leading to billing errors and misleading language in account statements.
Major changes already instigated by EMSA since audit began:
• Installed a per diem limit for travel which matches federal standards.