November 27, 2012 |
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted 6-1 on Tuesday to eliminate its audit department, a move that critics say could compromise the independence of the county's sole internal watchdog. Instead of having an staff of internal auditors, the county plans to outsource the work to a contractor, which supervisors said would reduce costs and create efficiencies. The vote came over the objections of the county's auditing department, which warned in a recent memo to the supervisors that if the job is outsourced,...
November 26, 2012 |
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to eliminate the county's internal auditor department and outsource the work to a contractor, a move that critics charge would deprive the county of an internal, independent watchdog. In a strongly worded memo , the county's auditing department said the plan would undercut the county's credibility and bring in outsiders who are not familiar with the complicated workings of the government, which has an operating budget of $914...
October 8, 2012 |
The District was warned more than once that employees could alter records used to calculate tax bills and refunds, leaving the system vulnerable to manipulation. Just as internal auditors this year found flaws in the database used to calculate D.C. property tax assessments, external auditors found problems of a similar nature in another database used to process bills and refunds. The District's Office of Tax and Revenue did not restrict the access of employees who were able to make...
September 5, 2012 |
DISTRICT RESIDENTS unfortunately have had reason to be uneasy about how the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has conducted its business. Harriette Walters's theft of nearly $50 million was just beginning to fade from public memory when another employee was caught stealing public money. Given these past problems, it seems only prudent that the D.C. Council would want a thorough airing of new questions that recently have been raised about the office's operation. The office, which has the critical task of...
August 30, 2012 |
A D.C. Council member requested this week that the city's chief financial officer explain what internal controls are in place to protect a computer- assisted mass appraisal database — the subject of an internal audit that warned that a handful of managers could change property values without detection. The 25-page audit described a "significantly flawed" system where managers known as "super-users" could write over data to potentially lower the value or change the classification of property.
August 22, 2012 |
In March, internal investigators delivered a draft audit of the District's troubled tax office to Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi . City officials said the report was finalized within days and has been available ever since for public review. Gandhi's office, however, did not disclose the report when The Washington Post, through the Freedom of Information Act, sought in June to review all of the agency's audits from 2002 to 2012. Gandhi's office has said that draft audits are exempt from...