WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PIMA COUNTY?
Many of you observe me at the Board meetings questioning various grants and contracts coming before the Board of Supervisors for approval. Often times, Pima County representatives proudly discuss our "no findings" reputation.
However, when I reviewed the recent Single Audit 2016 Schedule of Findings and Questioned Costs produced by the Arizona Auditor General for Year Ended June 30, 2016, I was concerned about what I read. Here's a snapshot of that report:
What caught my attention were two Federal award findings and questioned costs:
Question #1: Is Auditee (Pima County) qualified as low-risk auditee?
Response #1: NO
Questioned Costs #2: Federal award findings and questioned costs
Response #2: The County did not initially identify on its Schedule of Expenses of Federal Awards $3,663,633of federal program monies it passed through to subrecipients. The County's Schedule of Expenses of Federal Awards (SEFA) was [later] adjusted to identify these monies.
PIMA COUNTY 2016 SINGLE AUDIT:
SUMMARY OF AUDITORS' RESULTS
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Overall, we need to improve our procedures so we can regain our status as a LOW-RISK AUDITEE. Currently, federally funded programs are being scrutinized for possible funding cuts or program elimination. So, we need to make sure our "i's" are dotted and "t's" crossed for all our programs.
I urge you to read the Single Audit Report and the County's Response. As a Supervisor responsible for protecting county taxpayer resources, I consider these reports important documents that help guide my voting decisions.