Office of the City Auditor
The Office of the City Auditor conducts performance audits of City departments, offices, and agencies in accordance with government auditing standards. Some audit reports recommend ways to reduce costs or increase revenues, while other reports identify opportunities to increase effectiveness, use resources more efficiently, and improve internal controls.
The Office of the City Auditor also performs fraud investigations using procedures recommended by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Our investigations of Fraud Hotline complaints have identified waste and abuse of City resources and provide recommendations to correct and further prevent such occurrences.
We make recommendations for all of the issues that are identified in our audit and investigative reports so that the City Administration can mitigate those problems. Furthermore, we provide the Audit Committee with updates on the status of all open recommendations twice a year in our Recommendation Follow-up Report.
The reports issued by the Office of the City Auditor are a critical component in the process of evaluating the performance of City programs. These reports provide the City Council and City Administration with information necessary to make changes so that City programs are as efficient and effective as possible.
Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) created the Knighton Award in 1995 to recognize the best performance audit reports produced by local government audit shops in the previous year. Each year, local government audit organizations submit their best performance audit report to be evaluated against five criteria: (1) an audit scope that has the potential for significant impact, and is responsive to the needs and concerns of decision-makers and/or the public; (2) audit conclusions that are persuasive, logical, and firmly supported by the evidence, which was gathered using appropriate research methods and tools; (3) audit recommendations that are feasible, and will make government programs more effective and efficient; (4) audit results that are communicated in a clear, concise way; and (5) an audit scope, methodology, recommendations, or report format that is innovative.
The objective of a peer review is to determine whether an audit organization's internal quality control system is in place and operating effectively to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards.