Receives AOPTA Award for Six-Month Period Ended - September 30, 2001
Michael Mayhew, Deputy Auditor General for Audits, is pleased to announce that the audit team for the performance audit of the Wayne County Community College District is the winner of the Audit Operations Project Team Award (AOPTA) for the six-month period ended September 30, 2001. The audit team consisted of Scot Hazel, supervisor, and team members Duane Smiley and Scott Werner, with software assistance by Andrew Mitchell. The audit team did a fine job of performing the various audit functions that resulted in the exceptional audit report. In particular, the thorough preliminary survey identified the most important issues on which to focus the audit. Also, the team performed the audit methodology in a logical and efficient manner, although the issues were varied and the College had five branch campuses. The due process went extremely well because of the audit team’s efforts throughout the audit and during the report development phase. During the due process, the audit team often worked directly with the Chancellor to resolve issues. As a result, an audit conference was not held because the College agreed with all of the recommendations, even though a number of items were of an important and high-impact nature. The audit report contained 10 findings and 13 recommendations. Many of the findings were creative and/or had multiple parts. The findings addressed issues including the identification and collection of significant revenue, improper expenditures, effectiveness issues regarding student academic success, and efficiency issues. Three findings were classified as material. It is critical that the College comply with two of the material findings to help maintain its fiscal stability. The report is an excellent example of a government audit agency product that should be very useful to the auditee and its stakeholders in making future decisions regarding the College’s operations. This exceptional audit was the result of a dedicated and superior effort from an audit team with fairly limited experience. ScottWerner had just started with the OAG and this was his first audit, Duane Smiley had been with the OAG less than three years and this was his first college audit, and this was Scot Hazel’s first college audit as a supervisor.
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