4. An Empowered Role for Statistics and Finance and Commissions
1. Rationale: In a more traditional application of the concept of a “general” board, the primary tasks center on finance. The salient questions are, a. have the funds allocated from the General Budget been used as intended by the General Conference, b. if not, should a further allocation be delayed or denied, c. should an amended use be approved. In addition, a report from general officers is available for review; it is a platform for discussion (and recommendations) related to policy and implementation; and, the work of the various general officers and components can be coordinated. In more recent decades, episcopal districts have been required to submit both budgets and audits for review. Fiscal review (arguably the most vital task of the General Board) lacks clear standards and direction by Discipline and tradition. Commissions with direct relationships to a general office should take the time to review audits and pass findings to the Commission on Statistics and Finance. Similarly, episcopal district audits should be reviewed annually to assure that district financial activity is true to the approved budget and queries are appropriately vetted. Finally, Statistics and Finance should step into the role of performance and accountability for the CFO and the CIO.
2. Proposals: 1. That we clarify a process for the review of audits by commissions. 2. That we clarify the expectations and process for the review of episcopal district budgets and audits. 3. That the role of Statistics and Finance as an oversight body for the CFO be clarified and affirmed.
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