Mike Harmon Auditor of Public Accounts




Numerous Recurring Issues Identified in First Ever Audit of Regional Jail
Auditor Mike Harmon’s office releases results of four audits of Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail Authority

Audits over four fiscal years of the Bourbon County-Nicholas County Regional Jail Authority reveal numerous recurring issues, according to Auditor Mike Harmon’s office. Today, Auditor Harmon released the audits of the regional jail authority, which is a follow-up to a data bulletin on regional jail authorities in Kentucky that was released in May 2019.

“Our data bulletin discovered that the Bourbon-Nicholas Regional Jail Authority had never been audited since it was first formed more than a decade ago. Because our office is dedicated to greater transparency and accountability for all levels of government, we decided to conduct our own audits of the regional jail,” Auditor Harmon said. “What our auditors found was that the regional jail authority has several problem areas that were repeated over the four fiscal years we examined.”




County Ethics Codes a Variety of Requirements and Enforcement; One-Fourth of Counties Have No Appointed Members of Local Ethics Boards
Latest Data Bulletin from Auditor Mike Harmon’s office reviews county ethics in Kentucky

On the heels of Operation Boptrot, members of the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 238 during the 1994 regular session. HB 238 directed local governments to establish and enforce local ethics codes for elected officials. More than 25 years after its passage, Auditor Mike Harmon’s office is releasing a data bulletin on the status of local ethics codes and enforcement by Kentucky’s 120 counties.

“Over the past five years, our office has made seven referrals from audits and examinations to various local ethics boards. To our surprise, we found several of those boards were inactive and appointments to these boards had expired,” said Auditor Harmon. “I have often said the role of our office is to make sure government is efficient, effective, and ethical. Based on that philosophy and the need for greater transparency and accountability, we decided to take a deeper look at the status of local ethics codes and the boards that are tasked with enforcing them.”




Examination of City of Salyersville to Be Referred to Attorney General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Review by Auditor Mike Harmon’s office details two findings, one on city and other on local tourism commission

Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon released the results of an examination by his office of the financial management and operational activities of tourism funds received by the city of Salyersville in Magoffin County. The exam has two findings, which will be referred to the Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the local ethics board for review and possible action.

“Our decision to do this examination came about from concerns we received from the public about how Salyersville’s leadership was conducting business with tourism dollars they had received,” said Auditor Harmon. “What our exam found were overpayments to a contractor who also happens to be the Salyersville mayor’s son, and expenditures from the tourism commission for things like contract labor for election work and laundering uniforms. We found the local tourism commission did not approve those and other expenditures because the board hasn’t met since 2009.”




Auditor Mike Harmon: Continued Issues Tracking Compliance, Financial Information Preventing Proper Oversight of Local Tourism Commissions
Concern identified in latest data bulletin regarding impact of tourism in Kentucky

A new data bulletin released by Auditor Mike Harmon’s office focused on the impact of tourism on Kentucky’s economy highlights the continued failure to properly track whether the vast majority of local tourism commissions are compliant with requirements for special purpose government entities, or SPGEs.

Following a 2012 special examination by the Kentucky Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1 during the 2013 Regular Session, which created a registration system for SPGEs to submit administrative and financial information to the Department for Local Government (DLG). The law also requires DLG to report any SPGE, which includes at least 90 of the 116 local tourism commissions in Kentucky, that aren’t compliant with these requirements to the Auditor’s office and the Finance and Administration Cabinet.




Auditor Mike Harmon Announces Changes to Executive Staff
Restructure will bring more specialized focus to offices within the agency, with new directors named

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon announced three new position appointments that are part of a restructuring of the Kentucky Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts that will bring a more specialized focus to the audit offices within the agency.

“Team #FollowTheData continues to do outstanding work to bring greater accountability and transparency to local and state government for those we serve, the taxpayers. These changes being implemented will give us a greater ability in the pursuit of our goal of oversight and good government to all corners of the Commonwealth,” said Auditor Harmon.




Auditor Harmon Releases Annual Audit of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Fish and Game Fund
Fiscal Year 2019 audit contains two repeat findings from prior fiscal year review

Today, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon released the Fiscal Year 2019 audit of the revenue sources of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Fish and Game Fund.

“The KDFWR touches the lives of many Kentuckians through the issuance of hunting and fishing licenses. Because of that, it is imperative that the agency provide transparency and accountability to our sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as taxpayers who help provide funding through federal grants,” said Auditor Harmon. “Our auditors followed the data, and the report we are issuing today identifies two recurring issues within KDFWR.”




Six-Figure Bonus to Spouse, Public Funds Used to Pay for Personal Expenses, Questionable Spending Among Issues Identified in Exam of Select County Attorney Offices
Special Examination of Nine County Attorney Offices Results in Nine Findings

Following a special examination by the Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office, issues identified with the Boyd, Gallatin, and Lawrence County Attorney offices are being referred to federal and state law enforcement. The report, “Examination of Certain Financial Operations and Internal Policies and Controls of Select Kentucky County Attorney Offices” covered activity between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019, was released today by Auditor Harmon’s office.

“Based on our special exam of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program, which my office released last December, we identified various issues that prompted our decision to conduct an examination of nine county attorney offices,” Auditor Harmon said. “We found numerous issues related to poor oversight and lack of controls over taxpayers funds, and little guidance and review from the state level.”




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