Some great insights into the challenges of collaboration among organizations by Shea Marshman, who worked for a time in the Portland City Auditor’s Office.

Public Administration Alumni Association

When most people hear the word audit, the first things that come to mind are the Internal Revenue Service and financial audits. Performance auditing is much more than that. We identify methods for testing the impact of problem practices and recommend solutions to management. We consider financial impact, but we also evaluate operations that may not be within the intent of the law or the program goals. Performance auditors have a broad appreciation for government policies and procedure, management theory as it applies to government practices, and the impact of political and social pressures on management decisions.

As the Public Safety Performance Auditor for Multnomah County, I evaluate the programs, services, and functions in criminal justice and public safety departments. My recently released audit report, Multnomah County Domestic Violence System: More Effective Collaboration will Enhance System Capacity, demonstrates one model of thinking broadly about the work of government functions that…

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