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My blog focus is local Lake County, FL government fiscal management covering the Lake County Board & Government; the Lake County School District Board and administration; the North Lake County Hospital District; various CRA's (Community Redevelopment Agencies) and some city councils.

- The Lake County government, which has a budget of $416-million and around 1,887 employees (including Constitutional Offices) for fiscal year 2009-2010. The Board's operations do NOT currently have a professional Controller.

- The Lake County, Florida School District in Florida (LCSD) which has 5,000 employees and is the largest employer in lake County. They have $450+million in net assets (after liabilities of $426-million, including long term debt of $377-million), a budget of $575-million, including $160-million for capital outlays (school construction, etc.) for 2009-2010.

- The North Lake County Hospital District (We created a website for them at .), collects a 1 mill tax on all residential & commercial property in North Lake County, which is listed on your property tax bill. The District Board automatically distributes the $8-million or more in tax funds to two Lake County major hospitals and several clinics to pay for indigent patient costs. Reform legislation was passed by many taxpayers in 2012 to improve accountability, provide compliance audits and require a referendum vote to renew the tax and District in 2015 or 2016.

About the author, Vance Jochim

I live in Lake County, FL and spent two years in Baghdad, Iraq (5/2004 to 3/2006) helping set up an Iraqi anti-corruption agency. I also have 18 years corporate internal audit experience, an MBA and held professional certifications (now inactive) in internal audit ( Certified Internal Auditor) , fraud prevention (Certified Fraud Examiner) and computer auditing ( Certified Information Systems Auditor - CISA -inactive). I have worked as corporate audit manager or director in large organizations including ARCO (now part of BP - the oil company), Nissan Motor Corp., and a software firm and a concrete products manufacturing company. I also was a senior internal auditor at the County of Los Angeles for five years. My specialty was operational auditing - conducting audits to improve organization efficiency, economy and effectiveness. I have audited or directed audits of construction contracts up to $400-million, marketing incentive programs up to $600-million and treasury operations of $16-billion. You can see examples of my work at:

I also published a blog on Corruption in Iraq and the World until 2011, which is based upon my exposure to international anti-corruption efforts while in Iraq. It is still at:

This blog can be reached directly at:

Interests is a watchdog blog on local Lake County, FL government agencies. This blog was started in 2006. My blog interests are fiscal & business controls in local government agencies and anti-corruption efforts in countries. Until 2011, I wrote another blog on worldwide anti-corruption programs, especially regarding Iraq, which is here: You can see pictures from my 2004-2006 visit to Iraq as an anti-corruption adviser here: I am listed on LinkedIn for more details.