- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Public Television should face sanctions because its board of directors did not follow open meeting rules, the office of the inspector general for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting said.

VPT asked the office to reconsider the recommendation for sanctions. CPB will make a final management decision on the findings and recommendations within 180 days of the OIG’s final report.

The inspector general’s report also recommended getting documentation from VPT to show that its new internal controls are working to ensure compliance with the CPB’s open meetings requirements. VPT said it had provided such documentation in February and would provide more if needed.

The report, completed Monday, stressed that the conclusions were those of the CPB inspector general and are not necessarily the final word.

The review was triggered by an anonymous complaint in December. An internal investigation found that VPT’s board of directors properly closed the meetings but violated federal requirements by failing to notify the public that private meetings had been held.

Of 22 meetings in question, four either did not take place or didn’t qualify as meetings, and 18 were properly closed to the public because personnel matters were discussed, the internal report found. The committee also looked at past meetings and found eight additional private meetings that were properly closed, but not properly posted afterward.

Chuck Bongiorno, the station’s major gifts director, has said CPB provides just under $1 million to the station. CPB requires each grant recipient to certify its continued compliance with the open meeting requirement.

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