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Friday, April 25, 2014

OPA: Delinquent audit recommendations up 14 pct., none of $6.1M recovered

The Office of the Public Auditor said yesterday that the number of “delinquent” or at least 180-day-old recommendations in audit reports rose by 14 percent or from 25 in 2012 to 29 in the first half of 2013, and none of 33 audit recommendations tracked during the period was closed.

Moreover, no single cent was recovered from January to June 2013 out of the $6.1 million in potentially recoverable money from agencies and individuals over improperly paid or overpaid contracts and unpaid land leases, among other things.

Agencies with delinquent audit recommendations included the Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth Ports Authority, and the departments of Finance, Public Lands, and Public Safety.

Recommendations were classified as delinquent as OPA was not informed by these agencies within the last 180 days of any corrective action taken to implement OPA’s recommendations.

As of June 30, 2013, audit recommendations in seven audit reports were referred to the OAG for legal action to recover monies improperly expended. This involves some $2.6 million in potentially recoverable money.

OPA said the OAG did not provide updates on these referral cases during the follow-up process, therefore the amount potentially recoverable remains unchanged.

OPA also identified potential recoveries of some $3.5 million in eight audit reports addressed to various agencies. During its semi-annual follow-up for Jan. 1 to June 30, 2013, OPA did not receive updates from the OAG and Finance.

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