LSU audit says Cassidy fulfilled part-time agreement
BATON ROUGE - LSU said an audit found U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy met all his obligations during part-time educational work which drew attacks by former Senator Mary Landrieu during last year's elections.
The university said Cassidy was fairly compensated for work done at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and provided services "equal to at least that of his compensation."
Landrieu claimed during her re-election campaign that Cassidy was paid for work he never did. Time sheets obtained by News 2 accounted for only a portion of the hours Cassidy had agreed to work at LSU after he took office in Congress. At the time, a Cassidy staffer said the then-Representative may not have correctly recorded the time he worked or did work off-site.
On Wednesday, LSU said their audit found faculty such as Cassidy who received no salary supplement did not have to fill out time sheets, and that they were not intended to record all his time worked. The school said the time sheets did account for time Cassidy spent on the Our Lady of the Lake contract, starting when the Earl K. Long clinics moved in April 2013. The audit said Cassidy regularly attended clinic and people who were interviewed told them they believe Cassidy fulfilled his responsibilities.
The audit recommended a formal arrangement be written between LSU and Cassidy if they want his part-time work to continue. The full audit can be found here.