Audits in the News: After news coverage of wildfires, a timely audit grabs media attention.
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 Audits Division recently released its performance audit of the Oregon Department of Forestry. According to the audit, three severe fire seasons have forced the agency to spend more time fighting fires and less on its other programs, in addition to putting a strain on agency staff. It outlined some strategies ODF could take to ease the burden of wildfires on the agency as a whole.
The Oregonian – Audit finds Oregon Department of Forestry struggling after years of large wildfire seasons
“Oregon’s Department of Forestry has been stretched too thin – both in its budget and staffing – over the past three severe fire seasons, according to an audit released Tuesday by the Secretary of State’s Office.”
Statesman Journal – Forestry department struggles with wildfire planning
“Intense wildfire seasons over the past three years have taken a toll on the Oregon Department of Forestry, a state audit released Tuesday concludes. Employees feel overworked, non-fire programs are suffering, and paperwork delays have cost taxpayers at least $1.5 million, auditors found.”
KNKX 88.5 FM – Audit: Large Wildfire Seasons Take Toll On Oregon’s Forestry Department
“A series of intense wildfire seasons has taken a toll on the Oregon Department of Forestry. That’s according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. Three consecutive summers of severe wildfires have stretched the resources of the state’s agency dedicated to forest management. The audit found that fighting those fires has caused stress and fatigue for agency employees who spend an increasing amount of time away from home.”
KTVZ Bend – Audit: Oregon Dept. of Forestry strained by more, larger wildfires
“With Oregon’s wildfire season at its peak, the Secretary of State’s Office released an audit Tuesday showing that the increasing number and severity of wildfires in recent years is taxing the agency’s other critical missions and programs.”