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Audit: NC licensing boards need more oversight

Posted August 21, 2014

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— Boards that oversee the licenses of service providers ranging from auctioneers to locksmiths to pastoral counselors aren't keeping up with reporting and training requirements, according to a review by the State Auditor released Thursday.

Of the 57 licensing boards that report to state agencies, 22 failed to comply with reporting deadlines laid out by state law, and six did not keep up with board member ethics, public records and open meetings training requirements. 

Occupational boards generally license professionals who provider services to the public. Among the boards the audit cited for failing to comply with reporting requirements were those overseeing geologists, interpreters and translators, licensed professional counselors and massage therapists. 

Along with the reporting problems, auditors found that the agencies tasked by law with overseeing the boards don't always know about their responsibilities. 

"When asked how state-level entities compile their Board listings, one entity responded that it initially received its listing from another state agency but it now receives updates by 'word of mouth' from Board administrators and chairmen," the audit reported.  

The audit report also found that state agencies like the Office of State Management and Budget, Office of Attorney General and Office of Secretary of State should better track the operational and financial practices of the boards under their supervision. Auditors also recommended the General Assembly clarify the roles that state agencies are supposed to play, as several responses to the report indicated the rules were unclear.

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  • Anita Woody Aug 25, 2014

    I pay attention. Hotel8s and Shoneys have AAA ratings. They're common. Zagat and Michelin are reliable.

  • Jeff DeWitt Aug 25, 2014
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    You obviously haven't paid much attention to AAA rated hotels and restaurants. The higher rated businesses take their ratings very seriously. SOME government regulation is necessary, but not nearly as much as we have, and it certainly is NOT necessary for barbers...or athletic trainers, landscapers, locksmiths, soil scientists or most anything else NC has something like 100 licensing boards for. Most of these occupations have professional organizations that do a good job of policing their members.

  • Anita Woody Aug 25, 2014

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    Just like AAA does with hotels. If you were to come up for an argument AAA certification of hotels wasn't it. Just about any motor lodge with a meth lab and bed bug infestation up and down rural I-95 boasts a AAA approved sticker. The fact is some regulation is not only good it's necessary.

  • Jeff DeWitt Aug 25, 2014
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    No I don't, but that doesn't mean there is a vital public purpose served in a government required licence to cut hair. A well run barber shop or beauty salon isn't going to do that kind of thing, neither is any independent barber who wants repeat customers. There is also no reason why there can't be a private group that certifies such establishments, just as AAA does with hotels.

  • Anita Woody Aug 25, 2014

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    To cut hair, I really believe so, since so much of it has to do with public health. Do you really want your hair cut with the same clipper and comb as the previous 10 people, who might have had lice, ringworm, folliculitis, etc... ?

  • Jeff DeWitt Aug 25, 2014
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    An even better idea is to abolish most if not all of these boards. Their real purpose is to make it difficult for people to get into these lines of work and so reduce competition for those already in them. Is there REALLY a vital public purpose to be served in requiring someone to get a licence to cut hair or advise on wallpaper choices?!?

  • jwsawyer Aug 22, 2014

    Our whole state government needs "more oversight"

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 22, 2014

    Not really surprised by the report, but if things go as they have in the past when an audit report is given to the GA, they either igorne it or don't do anything worth while to fix the problem. Also, no one ever seem to get fire or removed from the position they clearly are not qualified for. Just more wasted tax dollars.

  • 50s Child Aug 21, 2014

    Once again, a stellar job done by Beth Wood and the auditors.

    Wish they'd taken it a step further and investigated why the Real Estate Commission has the power to tell a realtor she didn't respond to the complaint but they're closing the file anyway, and she should be more careful in the future. Yes, I have a copy of their letter to her that says exactly that.