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Friday, May 27, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "State audits of local government few and far between"

Keith Roysdon of the Muncie Star-Press reported yesterday in a long story that begins:

MUNCIE — State audits of local government, historically an important means of discovering costly financial mistakes or wrongdoing by officials, have been dramatically cut back in Indiana.

The State Board of Accounts formerly audited cities and counties each year and school corporations every two years, but now, thanks to a change in state law, SBOA conducts audits only every four years — or earlier if certain red flags go up.

"Now it's based on risk," Todd Caldwell, director of audit services for the SBOA, told The Star Press.

The FBI is conducting an investigation of potential wrongdoing in city government, but the kind of oversight provided over the decades by the SBOA is a thing of the past: The city of Muncie and Delaware County government have not been audited for three years, local officials confirmed this week.

"The statute on frequency of audits changed last year from annual or biannual to a risk-based approach," Caldwell said. "The longest length of time between (examiners) being somewhere is four years."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 27, 2016 01:51 PM
Posted to Indiana Government