Audits in the News: ODFW lacks a long-term strategy and TSPC must overcome backlogs to improve its services.
We here in the audits division are proud that the work we do makes a difference. Our work attracts the attention of the legislature, statewide news sources, and even local media outlets. Local media coverage of our audits is just another way we communicate with the people of Oregon about the work that we’re doing on their behalf to make government better. This is part of an ongoing series of posts rounding up recent instances in which the Oregon Audits Division makes a cameo in the local news.
Our first audit of the new year found that Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife was in need of a comprehensive management strategy that included a long-term plan for how to sustain operations.
Oregon Public Broadcasting – Audit Suggests ODFW Lacks Long-Term Strategy
“The state agency that manages hunting and fishing in Oregon is lacking a long-term strategy according to an audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office released Thursday. The audit says the Oregon Department Of Fish And Wildlife, known as ODFW, has a recurring cash flow problem. The agency has managed to stay afloat by reducing staff, raising fees, and delaying maintenance on facilities such as fish hatcheries.”
The Bend Bulletin– Struggling ODFW may target birders, wildlife viewers for revenue
“ODFW has been beset by what some hunters and anglers say is a vicious cycle of the agency raising the cost of licenses to hunt and fish, which they say leads to fewer people buying licenses. That decline then leads to budget woes for the department, they say. A recent audit by the Secretary of State’s office also paints a dire picture for the long-term sustainability of the top conservation agency in Oregon as its costs rise much faster than revenues.”
The Audits Division also released an audit of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. The audit found that, despite recent improvements in service to educators, the agency was still facing a substantial backlog in issuing licenses, investigating complaints and responding to educator questions.
The Oregonian/OregonLive – Oregon teacher licenses: Audit finds long delays, poisonous relationships – but recent improvements
“Months-long delays and poor customer service have been hallmarks of Oregon’s teacher licensing agency for years. Both are improving, thanks to beefed-up staffing and a new online licensing system that is replacing an archaic one. But problems remain, due largely to nonexistent performance expectations for managers and front-line employees, and botched communications with staffers and the public. These are among the findings of a top-to-bottom audit of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, released Thursday.”
The Portland Tribune – Audit finds serious backlogs at teacher licensing agency
“Mismanagement, outdated technology and staffing shortages at the state’s teacher licensing agency have resulted in four-month-long waits for teacher licenses, years-long investigations into teacher misconduct and poor morale, according to an audit by the Secretary of State’s Office.”
The Statesman Journal – Commission needs to make improvements, audit determines
“Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission needs to improve its work environment and increase accountability to address substantial delays in its core services for educators, an audit released Thursday by Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins said.”
KTVZ TV – Audit: Teacher licensing board taking too long to resolve cases
“The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission needs to improve its work environment and increase accountability to address substantial delays in its core services for teachers and other educators, according to an audit released Thursday by Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins.”