Presentation on theme: "Office of Legislative Audits Update ASBO Conference May 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Office of Legislative Audits Update ASBO Conference May 2014
Objective 1 Differences Between Round One and Round Two Audits
Why We Are Here In 2004, Senate Bill 894 (Chapter 148) was passed BETWEEN JULY 1, 2004 AND JUNE 30,2010, THE OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AUDITS SHALL CONDUCT AN AUDIT OF EACH LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM
Audit Procedures SECTION 5. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That 45 days prior to the initiation of the first financial management practices audit required by this Act, the Office of Legislative Audits shall submit the scope, measurements, and process the Office plans to use in conducting the required audits to the Joint Audit Committee for approval
Audit Procedures As required by the Law, we developed the procedures. 11 Chapters Joint Audit Committee directed that we perform all procedures at all LEAs
2010 Legislation Senate Bill 58 (Chapter 58) [Between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2010,] AT LEAST ONCE EVERY 6 YEARS, the Office of Legislative Audits shall conduct an audit of each local school system to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the financial management practices of the local school system.
Differences Between Rounds 1 and 2 OLA is no longer required to perform all steps in the procedures approved by the JAC We use professional judgment in selecting what procedures to perform We consider materiality and risk More of an impact at the small LEAs
Round 2 Completed Audits Allegany Anne Arundel Baltimore City Carroll Frederick Kent Prince George’s
Planned F/Y 16 Audits Charles Dorchester Garrett Worcester
Objective 2 Common OLA findings in school system audits
Input / Output Controls Common in personnel and payroll transactions A form, such as a personnel transaction form, is approved by multiple levels prior to input. A clerk or secretary then inputs the data (new employee, salary change) into the system. If clerk makes an error, typically there is no process to detect the error. Automated or manual controls can fix problem.
Access to Critical Files At many LEAs, an excessive number of employees have the ability to change critical files. If the employee rarely processes changes to the files, we generally deem access unnecessary. Even if controls over changes are adequate, this could still be an exception. Employee access should be periodically reviewed.
Procurement Policies Policies are sometimes not comprehensive in that they do not address services or specify when school boards should approve contracts. This is not a compliance issue. When goods or services are available from more than one source, competitive procurements should be used. Bids not always obtained
Transportation Verification of Manifests At some LEAs, bus contractor manifests are accepted with no verification. Where data exists, OLA has seen overpayments to the contractors. GPS is ideal for monitoring and verification, but may be too expensive. Some LEAs tell the contractors the route mileage and time. Internet maps or ride alongs could be used for verifications.
Transportation Basis for Contractor Rates Many LEAs lack a sound basis for rates used to determine bus contractor pay. Mainly PVA and maintenance. Comparison with other LEAs is not necessarily valid. PVA includes a return on investment and should consider market interest rates. Processes for determining amounts paid to bus contractors should be in writing and explained to Board.
Health Insurance Large expenditure at all LEAs Several issues No bidding of stop loss or plan administrator No verification of dependents No verification of administrative fees No verification of claims First three issues are fairly straight forward Claims audit will probably involve working with an outside contractor
Objective 3 Lessons learned on other OLA audits that may be applicable to LEA audits. For example, Level 3 (L3) credit card data: