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Performance Audit of the Bureau of Local Government Services

Receives AOPTA Award for Six-Month Period - Ended March 31, 2004

Scott Strong, Deputy Auditor General, is pleased to announce that the performance audit of the Bureau of Local Government Services, Department of Treasury, is the winner of the AOPTA for the six-month period ended March 31, 2004. The audit team consisted of Beau Hill, supervisor, and team members Stacie Sampson, Hilary Goerge, and Julie Trierweiler.

The audit report contained 29 findings, including 16 material conditions. The findings disclosed uncollected State tax revenues and estimated additional revenues in the amounts of $82,800,000 and $36,100,000, respectively. Of the four objectives addressed within the report, the audit concluded that the Department was not effective for three of these objectives.

The audit team did a fine job of performing the various audit functions that resulted in a long, but excellent audit report. In particular, the audit team did an excellent job coordinating with a new administration within the Department and State government.

Also, the team demonstrated superior dedication as numerous exchanges of information occurred between the team and the Department in order to finalize an audit report of this caliber and impact.

With the identification of millions of dollars of uncollected tax revenues and estimated additional revenues, the report generated considerable legislative interest as displayed through legislative hearings and telephone inquiries. The audit report eventually caught the eye of the media, where it received considerable exposure.

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