Audits in the News: Financial reports, waste hotline are highlighted in the news.
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 Oregon Audits Division does more than audits; we also issue county financial condition reports and manage the state’s Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. This additional work was featured in some recent news reports.
Statesman Journal – Polk County at ‘higher risk of distress’ on state financial report
“Polk County remains as one of four Oregon counties ‘at higher risk of distress,’ according to a recent Secretary of State report, but county commissioners said they have already taken steps to improve their fiscal status.
The report, released Tuesday, is the latest in a series of reports by the state every two years since 2012, with the intent of informing state legislators and county commissioners about regional needs. The next report is scheduled to be released in 2018.”
Statesman Journal – Reports of government waste surge in 2015
“Reports to the state government waste hotline increased 35 percent during 2015, according to an audit released Wednesday by the Secretary of State’s office.
The hotline was created in 1995 for state employees and members of the public to report government waste or fraud. 243 confidential reports were logged in 2015. Work environment problems were the most common reason for reports, followed by reports of fraud, theft or kickbacks.”
KTVZ – Oregon Govt. Waste Hotline complaints jump 35 percent
“The Oregon Audits Division in the Office of the Secretary of State released its annual report on the Government Waste Hotline Wednesday, showing a 35 percent jump in complaints over the previous year.”