Friday, June 5, 2015

Barrasso Says NIGC Needs More EFFECTIVE Methods of Tribal Gaming Accountability and Accuracy.

Well, YEAH!  Ya THINK?  This report is government inefficiency at it's worst.  We found a letter this week from the NIGC to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians citing them for violations  in 2005 and 2006... from 2014! They were given  LATE AUDIT REPORT VIOLATIONS:

The Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) hereby gives noticethat the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation(Respondent or Band), located in Temecula, California, is in violation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and NIGC regulations for failure to timely submit an annual audit. 

There's no reference in the report to whether or not they COLLECTED the $25,000 per day FINES.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, John Barrasso (R-WY), highlighted a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled: “Indian Gaming: Regulation and Oversight by the Federal Government, States, and Tribes.” 

In the report, GAO finds that federal regulators at the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) are not effectively promoting voluntary compliance with federal guidelines concerning the proper handling of money, accuracy of financial statements, and security requirements at Indian casinos.
“The primary role of NIGC is to maintain the health and integrity of Indian gaming for the benefit of Indian tribes,” said Senator McCain. “If NIGC continues to rely on Indian casinos to voluntarily comply with federal guidelines, then the Commission must at least improve its state and tribal training and consultation initiatives and develop metrics that assess their effectiveness.”

“This new report calls for improvements in the Commission’s methods in maintaining the integrity of the gaming system,” said Chairman Barrasso.  “The NIGC should find more effective methods that will ensure all facets of gaming are conducted with accountability and accuracy.”
Other findings from the GAO report include:
  • NIGC auditors reported that a quarter of all Indian gaming operations were a “high audit risk;”
  • The NIGC has undertaken very few enforcement actions, such as issuing violation notices, since 2010;
  • Indian gaming has grown to a $28 billion annual industry, up from $3 billion in gross revenues in 1995;
  • Approximately 80% of all Indian gaming operations include class III gaming (Las Vegas-style games); and
  • The NIGC’s budget, which is funded by fees collected from tribes, has grown from $3.3 million in 1995 to $19 million in 2015.
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