"Kentucky taxpayers expect every state agency to operate in a transparent and accountable way, providing good stewardship of each taxpayer dollar while delivering needed services. In reviewing the Auditor's report on Emergency Management, it is clear that in some cases, the agency failed to properly account for some of its activities and costs. I'm disappointed by those findings, and agree that the Auditor's recommendations to improve transparency and accountability should be implemented quickly.
In the past five years, our state has endured 11 federally declared disasters, affecting almost 99 percent of our citizens. This is an agency with a direct impact in the lives of Kentuckians when they are in crisis. I am proud of the work this agency has done to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our citizens in those times of catastrophe. I fully expect Emergency Management to take corrective action promptly to make sure every dollar is used appropriately to help our citizens prepare for and recover from emergencies in our state."