Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Ernest Wilson
Q: What does that mean?
WILSON: We were beginning to look at did this project accomplish the purpose that was set forth in the project/loan agreements? Why were these roads built?
Q: But were there any particular directives that said that we should broaden that function or was that simply just sort of a natural growth kind of process?
WILSON: We had a more sophisticated and able staff and good leadership in those places. The Mission Director was anxious to see that the best people were there and that the program was implemented as it should be.
Q: You found the mission leadership encouraging this broader examination.
WILSON: Yes. At that time, the USAID financial staffs were small in Central America. Generally, there was only one USDH in the Controller's Office. ROCAP had a staff of U.S. auditors. We supported the mission controllers. If somebody was leaving for home leave or sick, etc., they looked to ROCAP to cover those positions. I got a lot of those assignments. In 1967-1969, about half of my time was spent on audit and half on filling in for the controllers.
Q: So, you were beginning to make a shift from auditing to management functions.
WILSON: Yes. I was traveling about 75% of the time. But distances were not great. I was able to return home most week-ends.
Q: How did you find living in Central America?
WILSON: In those days, some places were better than others. There was not really a four star hotel in Tegucigalpa at that time. But we did alright.
Q: You were living in Guatemala?