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(Washington Post)   Audit of DC tax office finds that certain officials can simply change property values within the system without leaving any trace that they've done so. But don't worry, no DC official would ever do anything like that   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 21
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2012-08-23 10:03:28 AM
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2012-08-23 10:08:54 AM
Changing property values in DC? Bridge set me up.
 
2012-08-23 10:17:05 AM
Gandhi said that the settlements were necessary to avoid the expense of litigation and to correct errors by appraisers,

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I say dhe settlements were necessady.
 
2012-08-23 10:17:51 AM
Make a change to an official database == Get logged

Make a change to the software running the database or the underlying OS == Get logged

Basically, it should be possible to track every change and entry made to a data storage system from the moment installation is completed until the machine is powered down and wiped for the final time. AFAIK, this is possible using free software, so at this point the only factors limiting rollout of such systems in public accounting capacities is time, hardware costs, and human availability.
 
2012-08-23 10:17:54 AM
Don't be absurd, local D.C. politics is a bastion of integrity. No official, elected or otherwise, responsible for helping run the government in D.C. would EVER abuse their power for their own or their friends benefits.
Now leave me alone because I need to go get in my taxpayer funded yacht that I need for completely legitimate purposes. Just don't ask me to prove it as that would be an affront to my honor.
 
2012-08-23 10:34:29 AM
Sounds a lot easier than the crap they went through in Police Academy 5.
(I think that was the one.. don't feel like looking it up)

Also..

ghall3: Don't be absurd, local D.C. politics is a bastion of integrity. No official, elected or otherwise, responsible for helping run the government in D.C. would EVER abuse their power for their own or their friends benefits.
Now leave me alone because I need to go get in my taxpayer funded yacht that I need for completely legitimate purposes. Just don't ask me to prove it as that would be an affront to my honor.


For some reason this made me think of the single largest drop in infant mortality rates in this country; when doctors were required to wash their hands. It wasn't polite to suggest that a gentleman's hands were anything but clean. Gentlemen's hands don't GET dirty.
 
2012-08-23 10:40:32 AM
shhhhhh it's just a dream......it's only just a dream....
 
2012-08-23 10:48:04 AM
In my mind, I can understand why certain supervisors might be allowed to do this. I can't understand why the system wouldn't require the supervisor to log a justification for the change, and why the system wouldn't even store the identity of the supervisor making the change.
 
2012-08-23 10:49:35 AM
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2012-08-23 10:55:43 AM
Corruption in Local DC politics? Unpossible!
 
2012-08-23 11:08:02 AM

cptjeff: Corruption in Local DC politics? Unpossible!


cptjeff: Corruption in Local DC politics? Unpossible!


FTFY either way...
 
2012-08-23 11:17:46 AM
All the logging and audit is useless if everyone is sharing the same superviser password for 'SA'
 
2012-08-23 11:37:07 AM

Kit Fister: cptjeff: Corruption in Local DC politics? Unpossible!

cptjeff: Corruption in Local DC politics? Unpossible!

FTFY either way...


While a lot of politics on a national level, or just in general, are dirty, and maybe borderline corrupt, the local DC government would make gilded era party bosses blush. In congress, you may occasionally have a dubious junket paid for by a lobbyist. But they don't openly steal money from a foundation to help poor kids, to cite one recent example. Or adjust tax bills for donors, which is one that broke just a few weeks ago, which this is probably related to.

My comment was intended to be specific to DC government and not just broadly applied for a reason- the DC Government is just an a whole different level of corruption than most these days.
 
2012-08-23 12:45:12 PM
This doesn't shock me at all. I used to work for a company that made custom software for tax collectors. Some of the counties were nightmares to convert over to our system, because of the absolutely archaic and nonsensical programs they were using in the first place, especially the smaller counties that don't bring in much revenue. Some of these were written in-house by someone that didn't really know what they were doing. My tip: ALWAYS ALWAYS check your property taxes, even if they are escrowed. Figure out how to calculate your taxes, and what exemptions you have. And keep an eye out on changes to the law. We found so many cases where people were being charged the wrong amount, sometimes even years, and most of the time, the tax collector's solution was to just make it right starting then, but do nothing to compensate the tax payer prior to that.
 
2012-08-23 01:20:13 PM

cptjeff: the DC Government is just an a whole


Friggin a-holes
 
2012-08-23 02:20:28 PM
Did they type a space before starting the program from the command line?
 
2012-08-23 04:15:01 PM
Why do leftists always believe that government corruption can be solved by community policing. Stories like this are clear evidence that it cannot be.

The ONLY thing you can do is limit the power of government officials.
 
2012-08-23 06:57:35 PM
"scandal involving a manager who stole $48 million through fraudulent refunds, the largest embezzlement scheme in D.C. history."

Pfft! Chump change. The largest embezzlement scheme is the ongoing monetary sinkhole known as Capitol Hill.
 
2012-08-23 08:12:19 PM

PlatinumDragon: Make a change to an official database == Get logged

Make a change to the software running the database or the underlying OS == Get logged

Basically, it should be possible to track every change and entry made to a data storage system from the moment installation is completed until the machine is powered down and wiped for the final time. AFAIK, this is possible using free software, so at this point the only factors limiting rollout of such systems in public accounting capacities is time, hardware costs, and human availability.


I guess they set the logs to roll over every hour, to prevent them from filling the disk space.

Besides, no one ever reads them anyway, right?
 
2012-08-23 08:14:00 PM

Stavr0: All the logging and audit is useless if everyone is sharing the same superviser password for 'SA'


12345, Just like on my suitcase.
 
2012-08-23 09:38:39 PM

Stavr0: All the logging and audit is useless if everyone is sharing the same superviser password for 'SA'


Agreed, it's such a hassle to create new accounts and assign rights, why don't we just let several people use the admin account?
 
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