Mike Harmon Auditor of Public Accounts

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Auditor Mike Harmon Announces Special Examination of the Kentucky Horse Park
Exam will look at financial activities of park for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, 2016

Mike Harmon, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, announced today his office will conduct a special examination into the operation and financial activities of the Kentucky Horse Park for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Auditor Harmon notified State Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, William Landrum, III, Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, and Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, by letter after receiving requests from them to conduct a special exam of the Kentucky Horse Park.

  

 

 

  

 

      

Auditor Harmon Releases Second Volume of Annual Single Statewide Audit of Commonwealth of Kentucky
Audit identified two material weaknesses, 16 significant deficiencies

Auditor Mike Harmon released the second volume of the annual Single Statewide Audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SSWAK) for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2015. Volume two focuses on compliance with federal requirements for federal awards.

During Fiscal Year 2015, Kentucky spent more than $12.2 billion in cash and noncash awards received from the federal government, which represents an increase of $2.24 billion in federal funds compared to Fiscal Year 2014.

“Given the amount of federal dollars that flow through our state agencies to administer various programs and grants, it is essential the rules and regulations are followed,” said Auditor Harmon. “There were 18 findings in this year’s report, but it is our directive that state agencies must continue to strive toward full compliance on spending federal money.”

  

 

 

 

  

 

      

Statement from Auditor Harmon Regarding House Passage of Senate Bill 63

“We at the Auditor’s office are pleased that legislation to address the thousands of untested rape kits our auditors uncovered is one step closer to becoming law. I want to personally thank Sen. Denise Harper Angel for her work and leadership on addressing this issue, and Sen. Whitney Westerfield for working with Sen. Angel on a bipartisan solution.

When I was a member of the House of Representatives in 2015, I voted in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 20 that directed the Auditor of Public Accounts to conduct a study. I also made a pledge to my predecessor, former Auditor Adam Edelen that whoever was elected to this position last November would continue to push for legislative change, so the Kentuckians who have been impacted can perhaps gain justice as we push forward with getting these and other kits tested in a timely manner.”

  

  

 

 

  

 

      

Statement from Auditor Harmon Regarding House Passage of Senate Bill 168

“I want to thank my former colleagues in the House of Representatives for their passage of Senate Bill 168, and I look forward to Gov. Matt Bevin signing the bill into law.

SB 168 essentially allows our office to continue doing special audits or examinations of city governments when we determine a valid reason to do, but it clarifies our duties and codifies them in statute. I want to thank Senator Steve West for sponsoring SB 168, our General Counsel, Sara Beth Gregory, for her hard work in helping craft the bill, and J.D. Chaney along with everyone at the Kentucky League of Cities, who worked with us and supported this piece of good government legislation.”

  

  

 

      

Auditor Harmon Testifies on City Audits Bill in House Committee

Auditor Mike Harmon testifies in support of Senate Bill 168 as Sen. Steve West, R-Paris, the bill's sponsor looks on. SB 168, which provides clarification for the Auditor of Public Accounts on conducting special audits of cities, passed the House Committee on Local Government unanimously and moves on for consideration by the full House.

 

 

  

 

      

Auditor Harmon Speaks to Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts

Auditor Mike Harmon speaks to members of the Kentucky Council of Area Development District board during a meeting in Frankfort. Auditor Harmon discussed plans for the Auditor's office for 2016, and also highlighted bills with ties to the agency being considered by the Kentucky General Assembly.

 

  

 

Auditor Harmon Talks with Press Following Passage of Senate Bill 68

Auditor Mike Harmon speaks with Brad Bowman with the Frankfort State Journal shortly after Senate Bill 63 was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 63 attempts to address findings from a 2015 review by auditors regarding the number of untested sexual assault kits in the Commonwealth. The bill now moves on for consideration by the full Senate.  

  

 

      

     

     

     

     

Auditor Harmon Tells Legislative Panel His Agency Will Make Governor’s Proposed Budget Cuts Work
Auditor made first appearance before Budget Review Subcommittee to discuss plans for two-year budget

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts (APA), today said his agency will make Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts in the next two-year budget work during a presentation to the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection in Frankfort.

“Given the dire straits our public pension system is in financially, we understand the great need to address the funding deficit immediately,” said Auditor Harmon. “We have called for and support Governor Bevin’s plans to audit KRS and KTRS. Many state agencies have had to tighten their belts, and we are prepared to do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Releases First Volume of Annual Statewide Audit of Commonwealth of Kentucky
Issues with transfer of funds to UI account among Auditor’s concerns in 2015 report

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts (APA), today released the first volume of the annual statewide audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Fiscal Year ended on June 30, 2015.

“It is always imperative for state government to operate as efficiently as possible with the proper safeguards and measures in place,” said Auditor Harmon in releasing the report. “This annual audit is one way we seek to identify issues within state government, and to provide guidance and discussion with agencies on how to best address them.”

 

 

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