2014 Secretary of State Hotline Report

2014 Secretary of State Audits Division Hotline Report

  • The Audits Division Hotline received 180 reports in calendar year 2014.
  • We resolved all but four of the reports at year’s end by performing reviews, referring reports to contacts at other public bodies for their consideration and review, referring callers to appropriate contacts, and providing requested information.
  • We invite anyone with concerns about fraud, waste, or abuse to contact the Hotline at 1-800-336-8218. We can also be reached online here.
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Three Fundamental Challenges for Oregon

Oregon Challenges: An Audits Overview

This report focuses on three fundamental areas of state government that pose critical challenges to Oregon’s progress:

  • Educating Oregon’s workforce
  • Developing Oregon’s infrastructure
  • Strengthening Oregon’s Finances.

Executive Summary

This report focuses on three fundamental areas of state government that pose critical challenges to Oregon’s progress.  Each area has been the subject of multiple audits, and this report synthesizes past Secretary of State Audits Division reports and related research on each area.  The three areas are:

  • Educating Oregon’s Workforce: Oregon must have an educational system organized for student success, and we must identify ways to help Oregonians enter the workforce.  Our audits shed light on how Oregon might better educate and mobilize its workforce.
  • Developing Oregon’s Infrastructure: Oregon faces critical infrastructure needs, including the need to upgrade state information technology systems and to fund future transportation projects.  Our audits have identified strategies to address these critical infrastructure needs.
  • Strengthening Oregon’s Finances: Oregon faces critical issues with state and local government financing.  Our audits have addressed the financial strain faced by our struggling county partners, ways to collect more debt owed to the state, and ways to build sustainable finances for state government.

We highlight these challenges because they affect important fundamentals of state government – educating its workforce, infrastructure, and finances. We also highlight them because the challenges are large and difficult. While we have seen some progress and small successes, they need more attention and committed efforts from state leaders. More challenges exist and we will periodically report on them as we complete future audits, highlighting key recommendations and agency efforts underway that could address those challenges.

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Education Capstone Report

Education Capstone Report: Achieving Oregon’s Education Goals for All Students

Our audit work recommended state agencies, their partners, and the Oregon Legislature help ensure an equitable and effective education for all Oregonians in these areas:

  • coordination and clarification of roles among agencies and oversight boards
  • data informed instruction and decision-making
  • targeted support services for teachers and students
  • the high cost of child care, which restricts learning
  • education funding to support Oregon’s education goals.

Executive Summary

A strong education system is vital to the health and welfare of Oregonians. It strengthens our workforce and overall economy, and can help individuals and families transition off of public assistance.

Large changes in Oregon’s education structure the last several years are intended to create an integrated and outcomes-based system of public education. Despite plans and efforts to improve our education system, Oregon continues to struggle in areas such as low on-time high school graduation rates and high absenteeism, poor national rankings for overall student achievement, low community college and university completion rates, and continued increases in college student debt burden. Additionally, over 340,000 adult Oregonians (11%) do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Oregon’s workforce no longer provides the types of jobs it once did or individuals without a high school edcapstone1diploma, making education a priority for so many more Oregonians.

In the past few years the Oregon Secretary of State, Audits Division has released several performance audits focusing on efforts and opportunities to fulfill Oregon’s ambitious education goals and improve the quality of education.

Many of our education audit recommendations have been implemented, and the results of our work have been widely discussed and helped in setting policy direction for Oregon’s education system.

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