The last audit of state vendors has just been completed as another one has begun. The previous audit had mixed results. These vendors had the distinct advantage of having been the subjects of numerous public records requests over the space of just a few weeks. As one might expect, the compliance rate rose dramatically with each successive request. Considering the initial requests generated a compliance rate in the low single digits, they have nothing to brag about.
In fact, some of the vendors were so brazen in their refusals to comply with Florida’s Public Records Act that I filed ten lawsuits to enforce compliance. In an effort to keep costs as low as possible I filed all of those lawsuits Pro Se (without the assistance of counsel). Thankfully about half agreed to take remedial actions so we were able to settle those lawsuits with a minimum of expense.
Sadly, the remaining vendors (now defendants) have taken an entirely different approach. They have raised absurd defenses and I have therefore retained counsel to handle the remaining litigation. I think those defendants are in for a rude awakening, but it was their choice to take a much more painful and expensive course and I am only too happy to oblige.
Within a few hours of starting the new audit, more than 20% of the vendors have refused to comply with Florida’s Public Records Act. Most have simply ignored the public records request. Only two have complied.
Based upon pervious audits I would expect this audit to result in several dozen lawsuits designed to enforce compliance. Stay tuned for the results.