Audits in the News: August 17th

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.

Statesman Journal – Educational ‘achievement gap’ is hurting Oregon economy

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“Although efforts continue to close the educational “achievement gap” in Oregon, children of color consistently fall far behind their white counterparts on key educational metrics … Another study by the secretary of state in 2013 shows achievement gaps are significant and consistent in Oregon with a notable effect on workforce preparedness for underserved populations.”

Read the audit, released in 2014, here.

The Register-Guard – LCC gets less-than-average percentage of state, local funds, thanks to enrollment declines

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“While most of Oregon’s community colleges are celebrating a double-digit increase in state and local funds for the next two years, Lane Community College is anticipating a more modest gain … About 75 percent of all Oregon community college students failed to get a degree or certificate within seven years, according to an Oregon Secretary of State audit released in May.”

Read the audit, released earlier this year, here.

The Oregonian/OregonLive.com – Tax-credit program may not be good target for audit (Opinion)

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“The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board has begun a useful conversation not only about the ongoing challenges associated with the Department of Energy’s business energy tax credit (BETC) program, but also about the role of the Secretary of State Audits Division in addressing those challenges.”

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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?

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“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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