Audits in the News: August 3rd

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.

The Oregonian/OregonLive.com – Ethics reforms after Kitzhaber: Which bills passed? Which bills didn’t?

Read the story here.

“More than a dozen measures dealing with ethics reforms emerged in the Legislature this year after an Oregon first: the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber amid a federal influence-peddling investigation. But just three bills passed, part of a measured approach championed by Gov. Kate Brown and top legislative Democrats … Senate Bill 9 orders the secretary of state to conduct an audit of state agencies’ handling of public records, and to report recommended changes.”

This audit is currently underway, with a scheduled release date of Nov. 20, 2015.

Medford Mail Tribune – Our View: Legislature left unfinished business on ethics

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“As lawsmakers look toward the short 2016 session, which also happens to be an election year, ethics reforms should figure prominently on their to-do list … Only three ethics bills passed … The third orders the secretary of state to conduct an audit of how state agencies handle public records and to recommend changes.

This audit is currently underway, with a scheduled release date of Nov. 20, 2015.

Portland Tribune – A victory for the Department of Administrative Services

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“Twelve new employees will work to fix problems identified in audits of state cyber security and IT operations, which the state has been slow to address. For example, the state has yet to fix some of the vulnerabilities auditors identified at the state data center in 2012. The data center is housed at the Department of Administrative Services, which is the central technology provider for state government and some municipal governments in Oregon.”

The audits division’s 2012 audit of the data center can be found here.
Another data center audit, conducted in 2010, can be found here.

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Auditing critical state information systems: Behind the Scenes

The Legislature just approved our request for two more IT auditors to increase our ability to examine the thousands of IT systems in the state. We now have three teams of IT auditors- a 50% increase over the previous two! We make the best of our limited resources by focusing our skilled professionals on the systems most critical to the finances and operations of state government.

We will soon start recruiting for more IT auditors so if you’re interested watch the Secretary of State website in August when applications open.

OurNeal IT Audit Manager, Neal Weatherspoon, was recently featured in the Summer 2015 newsletter of the Willamette Valley chapter of ISACA, an association of IT audit and security professionals.

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“Audits Division working to make reports accessible”

A Daily Astorian story describes some of the work underway as well as changes in how on the Oregon Audits Division reports its results. Originally published in the Capital Insider, the story profiles the office.Astor_050515

“Audits Division is an unseen gold mine of information.”

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Public Administration in Practice: Seeking Solutions to Domestic Violence in Multnomah County

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.

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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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Oregon Leadership

ALGA President-Elect David Givans

David Givans

Several auditors here in Oregon deserve recognition. The Association of Local Government Auditors elected David Givans to be their President-elect, and in a year he will be the President of the 2,000-member organization. David is the Deschutes County Auditor.

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Alexandra Fercak

ALGA Treasurer Kristine Adams-Wannberg

Kristine Adams-Wannberg

In addition, Kristine Adams-Wannberg was elected to be the Treasurer, and Alexandra Fercak was elected as an At-Large Board member. Kristine and Alexandra both work in the City of Portland Audits Division.

This speaks highly to the leadership and professionalism of these three auditors, and to the pool of talent here in Oregon. Congratulations to you all!

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