Adam Edelen Auditor of Public Accounts

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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. 

 

      

        Auditor Edelen releases special report on the financial strength of rural hospitals
        Study finds one-third in poor financial health, raises concerns about maintaining adequate access to health care in rural Kentucky

        Auditor Adam Edelen has released a special report on the financial strength of rural hospitals, finding that a majority of Kentucky’s rural hospitals fared below the national average in assessed financial strength and one-third were in poor financial health.

        The report raises concerns about maintaining adequate access to health care in rural Kentucky and makes recommendations intended to help rural hospitals as the health care landscape undergoes a rapid and challenging transformation. 

         

              

          Edelen releases first Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System audit conducted by Auditor’s office

          Auditor Adam Edelen has released the first-ever audit conducted by the Auditor’s office into the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, expressing an unmodified or clean opinion on the system’s financial statements for fiscal year 2014.

          The Auditor’s office, under KRS 161.370, is required to perform the financial audit of KTRS at least once every five years. The teachers’ retirement system contracts with a private CPA firm to perform the audits in the years they aren’t conducted by the Auditor’s office. 

           

                

            Edelen releases volume one of the annual statewide audit of the Commonwealth

            Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday released the first part of the annual statewide audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, expressing an unmodified or clean opinion on the state’s financial statements.

            Federal law requires an audit of the state’s financial statements, which expresses an opinion on $25.5 billion in expenditures. The second part of the audit, to be released in March, focuses on the state’s compliance with federal grant requirements. 

             

                 

             

              Auditor Edelen releases Southeast Bullitt Fire District exam, finds weaknesses in financial controls
              Fire Department also in violation of special district reform law Auditor Edelen spearheaded in 2013

              Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District, finding lax controls and a lack of analysis of its finances while levying property taxes at the highest allowable rate. 

              The Auditor’s office began an examination last fall after receiving allegations concerning certain financial activity at the District. The District and the Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Inc. have come under public scrutiny in recent months for a number of issues. The District has contracted with the Department to provide fire protection services in Bullitt County, just south of Louisville.

               

                   

                Auditor Edelen releases Shelby County Schools exam, details scheme used to steal almost $600,000 from the district

                Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Shelby County School District, finding that a former payroll manager accused of stealing nearly $600,000 appeared to have too much access to the payroll system and too little oversight.

                The exam confirmed payroll fraud totaling $593,179 that occurred over seven years and identified 16 findings and several recommendations to strengthen the financial management and oversight of the District. 

                “Stealing from kids and violating the public’s trust won’t be tolerated,” Auditor Edelen said.

                 

                           
                    
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