FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2018
CONTACT: Douglas Jones, City Auditor, 816-513-3300
City management has implemented about three fourths of the City Auditor’s Office recommendations from the last five years. The city auditor is required to monitor the implementation of audit recommendations and periodically communicate management’s progress towards implementing them to the Mayor and City Council. Management submits progress reports to the city auditor every six months on whether recommendations are implemented or not implemented. This reporting is accomplished through the Audit Report Tracking System (ARTS).
Through the ARTS process, management has publicly reported to various City Council committees that they have implemented 76 percent of our audit recommendations made between fiscal years 2014 and 2018. Last year management reported implementing 70 percent of our audit recommendations made between fiscal years 2014 and 2017.
The estimated potential direct financial impact (increased revenues or deceased costs) of audit recommendations we made between fiscal years 2014 and 2018 was about $19.8 million. Our audits also have potential indirect financial impact by suggesting ways the city could improve the delivery of services to the public and employees, and ensure appropriate controls are in place to manage or protect about $233.5 million in public monies or assets.
The primary benefits or impacts of our audit work include government accountability and transparency, reduced costs, increased revenues, strengthened controls and safeguards, and improved services. The value of these benefits/impacts can only come about through implementation of audit recommendations. The City Council’s oversight of management’s progress towards implementing audit recommendations is an important and sometimes critical element to help ensure agreed upon recommended changes and improvements occur.
View the complete report at the City’s Auditor’s site on KCMO.gov.