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Auditor Edelen Releases Special Examination into City of Somerset, Finds Employees Feared Retaliation, Officials Conducted City Business with Little Accountability
Report will be Referred to the Attorney General, Other State Agencies

Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination into the City of Somerset, finding that city employees feared retaliation, city officials generally ignored city policies and ordinances – if they existed at all – and made spending and management decisions without proper oversight or accountability.

The report describes a city management that didn’t competitively bid at least $280,000 worth of services, did not consistently contract for or have oversight of negotiated industrial natural gas rates, hires and pays personnel not established or authorized by city council and at times operated outside the confines of city policies, ordinances, and other laws.






Auditor Edelen Releases Recommendations to Improve Efficiency and Accountability in Kentucky’s Public School Districts
KDE Commissioner Holliday Encourages School Boards, Administrators to Review Auditor’s Report

Auditor Adam Edelen today released 75 recommendations to help school districts become more efficient and effective in their use of taxpayer dollars.

The recommendations are contained in a report that was developed based on findings during the Auditor’s office examinations of 21 school districts since 2012. Districts are not required to adopt all recommendations in the report; however, they are encouraged to review and identify recommendations that could be implemented in their districts to improve fiscal oversight, Auditor Edelen said.








Auditor Edelen Releases Special Examination of Fairview Independent Schools, Finding Out-of-Control Spending on Activities, Athletics with General Fund Dollars
Report Also Highlights Title IX Concerns, Other Questionable Expenditures; Will be Referred to Law Enforcement, EPSB

Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Fairview Independent School District, finding that $360,000 of general fund money was transferred to school activity funds over three years with little to no school board knowledge.

The 63-page report, which will be referred to law enforcement and the Education Professional Standards Board, describes a tiny district in far northeastern Kentucky that allowed its athletics and other activities to deficit spend with no oversight, and then plugged any holes with money that could’ve been used for instructional purposes at the end of the year. The excessive spending on the football program also likely resulted in the District violating Title IX requirements by spending more on boy’s sports than on girls’ sports.






Auditor Edelen Launches special examination of TIF project
in downtown Bowling Green

Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen announced that his office is launching a special examination into a commercial development deal in the downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that went sour.

The project collapsed this year after restaurants in the commercial wrap of the parking garage in Block 6 of the Bowling Green TIF district went under and contractors alleged they hadn’t been paid. The county then sued the project manager, alleging it misspent $4 million in industrial revenue bond money. Efforts are underway to revive the project with new bonds and a new project manager.





Auditor Edelen, KASAP to host 14 stakeholder meetings to
discuss the untested sexual assault kit crisis

Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs are hosting a series of stakeholder meetings across the Commonwealth this summer to talk about the untested sexual assault kit crisis. The 14 meetings are part of an examination by the Auditor’s office that seeks to count the number of untested sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) kits that are in the possession of local law enforcement. The Auditor also plans to make recommendations for reforming how evidence in cases of sexual violence is handled in the future.




Auditor Edelen Releases Audit of Kentucky’s Title VI (Civil Rights)
Reporting and Implementation Plans

Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen today released the fiscal year 2014-15 Title VI compliance audit of state government agencies that receive federal funds and must comply with state law by submitting Title VI reports and implantation plan updates to the Auditor’s office and the Human Rights Commission by July 1 of each year.

Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits any state agency receiving federal funds from denying access to a program on the basis of race, color or national origin. 



Auditor Edelen initiates statewide count of the number of untested sexual assault kits
Study will likely lead to grant money to test kits, major recommendations for reform

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday launched a major initiative to count the number of untested sexual assault kits across the Commonwealth, as well as make recommendations for reforming how evidence in cases of sexual violence is handled in the future..

The count was prompted by Senate Joint Resolution 20, sponsored by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, which calls on the Auditor to count the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits that are currently in the possession of law enforcement. The kits contain biological evidence collected from sexual assault victims during an investigation. They may contain DNA from suspects that can be used to identify an unknown suspect by comparing it against the national DNA database, or to bolster a prosecutor’s case against a known suspect. 


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