The County Auditor conducts Internal Audits of county departments, programs and contracts. These audits are conducted to ensure accuracy of financial and operating data, compliance with county ordinances and state statute, and efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

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The order and frequency in which audits are conducted is based upon the business and operational risk of each department relative to the risk of all departments. For example, the Finance Department is considered a High risk operation because of the large volume of funds processed and the variety of complex transactions performed, however the County Registrar is considered a Low risk operation as they process a minuscule amount of funds and the nature of their transactions are uncomplicated and few. Therefore, the frequency of audits conducted in the Finance Department is higher than the frequency conducted in the County Registrar's operation.

In addition to departmental audits, the Auditor’s office conducts audits of county-wide programs, such as Fleet Management and Information Security.

Finally, some audit’s are conducted as a result of specific concerns or requests from Department Directors or Elected Officials.

While audits result in the issuance of a report, special projects as mentioned above, do not. The audit report is a document which contains a summary of recommendations for change. The report will cover the objectives of the work performed, the scope and methodology used, and detailed descriptions of our results. Department Directors and Elected Officials provide a formal response to each recommendation made, and these responses are included in the reports. All audit reports are provided to the County Council and the County Executive for their action and follow-up if appropriate. Audit reports are available to the public.