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OSM Hypocrites

26 Aug 2012
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hyp·o·crite noun \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

 Merriam-Webster

You know OSM, you can't keep saying one thing and either doing something else or doing nothing for long. People will learn not to believe what you say!

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - February 21, 2011:  2010 Activity Report Ryan is working on a document in multiple formats to sum up accomplishments and expenditures of the past year. It will be completed and posted in the next week.

OSM Does:

Nothing was ever published to the community.

 

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - March 21, 2011: The Year in Review Ryan will share his notes on what was done in 2010 for our input. Producing a nonprofit annual report with a listing of accomplishments, a snapshot of financials, details and information would be ideal.

OSM Does:

Nothing was ever published to the community.

 

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - March 21, 2011 Audit Committee This will move forward once the budget is finalized.

Board Minutes - June 21, 2011 Audit Committee Sukh from OSM, Sam from PLT and Brad from CLT have stepped forward to volunteer for the Audit Committee. Jacques will set up a group email list.

OSM Does:

There has been no indication for years that there has ever been any activity with the audit committee actually performing an audit.

 

 OSM Says:

Board Minutes - April 26, 2011 Treasurer's report ... Work continues with the accountants to prepare the financial statements for presentation to the community.

 OSM Does:

There were finally presentations of financial statements in July of 2011 and then one in October of 2011. None since with the exception of the 2012 budget finally released in August of 2012. Of course OSM promised monthly updates on the OSM website and a number of reports to include Balance Sheet,  Budget vs Actual, Profit and Loss, and Budget. We haven't seen many of those reports for years now.

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - November 15, 2011 Trademark process discussion (Ryan) ... Action item: Ryan will distribute a refactored version that includes the current feedback from the Trademark team and Leadership teams, to the leadership for further comment. After this has been circulated internally, Ryan will provide the updated policy for community feedback.

OSM Does:

In the June 19, 2012 Board Minutes, we find that a number of changes have already been made to Trademark processes. Gee, I hope someone actually saw the updated policy provided by Ryan for community feedback. I must have missed it entirely, You?

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - December 21, 2011 Motion: budget for January 2012 “That the budget for December 2011 be applied for January 2012 and until such time as a final budget for 2012 is approved.”

 OSM Does:

A little interpretation is in order for this one. Essentially this was a very poorly worded motion. In effect, what the board approved was that the dollar amounts approved for December, 2011 would be applied to January, 2012 and each month thereafter until the 2012 budget was approved. Based on the final approved 2012 budget published in August, 2912, the board spent somewhere near $61,500 for their little jaunt to Germany this year. The amount budgeted as a result of their motion for OSM and Core Summit travel was $0.00 though you might be able to argue that the OSM Travel Budget (A separate line item) was approved for a maximum of $1,000. So what's a good and proper board to do? Why, it's simple. A member makes a motion to approve the expenditure and the rest of the board approves it or not as the case may be. I have scoured the minutes - didn't find any approval of this expenditure. You can't approve after the fact. It would be real interesting to find out how many OSM trustees attended to determine the average cost per person. This seem quite high for a face-to-face of the board members.

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - January 24, 2012 - II. Treasurer's report ... Paul will be writing a blog to summarize the 2011 finances. Board Minutes - February 21, 2012 - II. Treasurer's report ... A budget blog is coming soon.

OSM Does:

Sound familiar? This blog too seems to be missing. Looks like Paul read Ryan's playbook cover to cover.

 

OSM Says:

Board Minutes - March 20, 2012 - a. 2012 budget update  The 2012 budget should be published in the next week or so.

Motion: Open Source Matters approves the 2012 budget. Date: May 28, 2012

OSM Does:

Budget is approved with expenses exceeding income by $79, 011.04. Note above that $61,500 of that overage came from the need for face time with the leadership group in Germany while OSM pushed their agenda to remove the oversight of the Board. Heard anything about that lately? Me neither. Note also back on November 2nd, 2011 that I reported that Paul Orwig was providing inaccurate financial reports to the board and other members of the Leadership and that Paul knew what he was doing. He showed Cloud Access receipts at the budgeted level of $2,000 per month even though I confirmed that Cloud Access had signifcantly over the minimum number of subscribers. I suspected the number was closer to $8,000 per month that was not being accounted for. If true this would represent very poor financial practice on the part of the Treasurer. Well, guess what, the budget that was finally approved shows Cloud Access budgeted at $8,000 per month for 2012. $96,000 per year is a heck of a lot more income than $24,000. Paul says he would fix it all up at the end of the year. I suppose that was supposed to be the blog that was never forthcoming.

Unfortunately, the board holds none of their members accountable, they fail to actually vote on items and document such votes. They fail to ensure that they follow their own bylaws and the laws of the State of New York. (I have documented those failures in blogs previously). Guess they are all:

(1) A person who engages in the same behaviors he condemns others for.

(2) A person who professes certain ideals, but fails to live up to them.

(3) A person who holds other people to higher standards than he holds himself.

 

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David Huelsmann

Dave Huelsmann was Treasurer of Open Source Matters, Inc. from 2008 to July, 2010 and Joomla Forum Global Moderator from 2005 to November, 2010. Now retired, he was a senior healthcare executive who managed large and diverse clinical laboratory, radiology, electroencephalography, and centralized patient transport operations/departments in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies throughout the United States.

Dave was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam while attached to Seabee battalionmcb71
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