CARACAS, Tuesday February 26, 2013 | Update

Venezuela's comptroller finds irregularities in state-run TV networks

The Venezuela's Office of the Comptroller hinted that assets of state-owned TV networks Ávila and Vive TV are jeopardized by their own lack of controls

Comptroller Adelina González will submit a report to the Parliament (File photo)
Tuesday February 26, 2013  03:06 PM
Lack of internal controls and supervision of budget and assets, absence of personnel management manuals and award of no-bid contracts without justification whatsoever are just some of the administrative irregularities found by the Controller's Office of Venezuela in state-owned TV networks Ávila TV and Vive TV.

The information is part of the 2012 Annual Report produced by Venezuela's Deputy Comptroller Adelina González. The document will be submitted to the Parliament in the next few days. 

After reviewing 40 case files, 23 purchase orders, and 20 service orders made by staff of Avila TV Foundation in 2010-2011, the Comptroller's Office –the body in charge of ensuring the proper use of public funds- found that the TV network's board of directors failed to comply with its obligation to establish "manuals providing standards, procedures, guidelines, and policies intended to describe the different steps taken in the various areas" of the organization. Consequently, this situation prevents "performance measurement."

The comptroller also found that the television station failed to execute the budget in the aforementioned period. "The information contained in the financial statements is not truthful as it fails to mirror the real net worth of the Foundation."

González also denounced that the TV network lacks an administrative system enabling the staff selection, classification, distribution, registration, and control. Based on her report, 60% of the personnel failed to render their sworn declaration of assets. Additionally, seven people hired on a fee basis failed to provide documents showing their professional qualifications. 

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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