Audits in the News: End-of-year audits at DOGAMI, DHS earn media coverage

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.

As the year winds to a close, the Audits Division has been busy wrapping up and releasing several performance audits. We’ll cover some of the resulting news coverage in the new year. But two recently released audits — one focusing on employees’ concerns at the Department of Human Services, the other on federal funding management at the Department of Geology and Mineral Services — have received their fair share of media coverage.

You can read the entire DHS audit here, and the entire DOGAMI audit here.

The Oregonian/OregonLive – Survey: state human services employees lack resources, feel stressed and underpaid

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“Employees at the Oregon Department of Human Services lack the resources necessary to do their jobs and feel overworked, underpaid and stressed out, according to survey results released by state auditors on Wednesday.”

KTVZ – Audit: DHS workers feel overworked, stressed, underpaid

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“Workers at the Oregon Department of Human Services are largely proud of the work the agency does, but significant numbers of workers feel overworked, stressed, underpaid and under-supported in their jobs, according to an audit released Wednesday by the Secretary of State’s office.”

OPB –Oregon DHS Workers Are Stressed Out, But Proud Of Their Work

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“Working for Oregon’s Department of Human Services is stressful. That’s one of the findings of an agency-wide survey released Wednesday by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. DHS runs programs that serve people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-income families and children in foster care.”

Portland Tribune – Audit: Some ‘problem spots’ remain at DOGAMI

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“Since its financial woes came under scrutiny in early 2015, the state’s geology department has improved its financial controls, according to a state audit report released Wednesday. But the Secretary of State’s Office recommended the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, often referred to as DOGAMI, continue to update how it reports and records federal money.”

OPB – Audit: Oregon Agency Engaged In ‘Inappropriate Grant Management’

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“A new state audit says the Oregon agency that monitors natural hazards has engaged in some questionable fiscal practices. The report says the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries is also taking steps to correct the problem.”