Receives AOPTA Award for Six-Month Period Ended - March 31, 2001
Michael Mayhew, Deputy Auditor General for Audits, is pleased to announce that the audit team for the Single Audit of the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) is the winner of the Audit Operations Project Team Award (AOPTA) for the six-month period ended March 31, 2001. The audit team consisted of Amy Zimmerman, supervisor, and team members Jill Gard, Mary Kay Mays, Lori Mullins, and Rod Wlock. The AOPTA was established in 1992 and is awarded every six months to recognize exceptional efforts of project teams in the Bureau of Audit Operations. This audit is an excellent example of an efficient and quality financial audit that was well planned, well executed, and issued in a timely manner. The preliminary planning was thorough and the crew efficiently implemented the new federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 requirements, including the new risk-based approach and the new COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) control documentation and evaluation standards. The audit crew did an excellent job coordinating with the agency to keep the project moving without unnecessary delays and maintained a good working relationship with the agency staff. The report was issued within the required 13-month time frame, without any extraordinary report processing efforts by the OAG or agency. The audit report contained 8 findings and recommendations that provided important feedback to MSP on how to improve internal controls, financial operations, and cash management practices and how to maximize federal funds. MSP agreed with all of the findings and has been working on corrective action. This audit crew worked well as a team and also showed devotion to the overall mission of the OAG. During the audit period, the audit team spent three weeks working in cooperation with the State of Michigan Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (SOMCAFR) audit team by completing statement reviews and assisting Quality Assurance in reviewing working papers. This assistance was provided in an effort to enable the Department of Management and Budget to meet its goal for issuing the SOMCAFR. The audit team then worked hard to get their fieldwork back on track to complete the Single Audit and issue the report within the 13-month time frame.
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