Mike Harmon Auditor of Public Accounts

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Kentucky’s Road Fund Subject of New Data Bulletin Released by Auditor Harmon’s Office
Report provides public information on revenue sources, expenditures for fund

Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office released a data bulletin focused on the Commonwealth’s Road Fund, in particular the sources of revenue and expenditures for the fund in Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“All Kentuckians, from the very young to very old, depend on our highway system to get us to school, work and the places we need in order to live fruitful lives,” said Auditor Harmon. “I believe it is important for all of us to understand how the money that maintains and builds our highway system is generated, and how it is spent. That is why my office decided to compile data on Kentucky’s Road Fund in a way that is more easily understood."

 

 

 

Latest Data Bulletin by Auditor Harmon Focuses On Communication Services, Equipment Contracts for Kentucky County Jails
Report highlights procurement, financial relationships between jails and vendors

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, today released a data bulletin by his office that provides information to taxpayers on communication services provided by Kentucky’s county jails to their inmates and the revenue generated for the jails. The data bulletin examines each county jail’s communication services and equipment contracts active from July 1, 2019 and November 15, 2020.

“These contracts have become a newly developed source of revenue for our county jails, and are raising a variety of issues for jailers, county governments, and our auditors,” said Auditor Harmon. “Our data bulletin, which is not an audit, provides information about the types of communication service contracts at county jails, how they were procured, and the financial benefits jails are receiving from communication services vendors.”

 

 

 

How Has Kentucky Spent Coronavirus Relief Funds? Latest Data Bulletin by Auditor Harmon Provides Information
Report reviews state spending of federal CARES Act dollars

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon’s office released a data bulletin that focuses on how the Commonwealth of Kentucky spent Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) provided through the federal CARES Act. The data bulletin details information provided by the Office of the State Budget Director (OSBD) on how $1.732 billion in CRF allotted to Kentucky has been used through March 31, 2021.

“Our data bulletin is not an audit, but rather serves as a way to gather information related to the spending of public dollars and present it to Kentuckians as part of my office’s goal of making all levels of government more transparent and accountable to taxpayers,” said Auditor Harmon. “The funds will also be subject to an audit, but due to a high level of public interest, we wanted to present the data in a way that was accessible and easier for people to understand."

 

 

 

More Problems Identified within Kentucky’s Unemployment System in Audit of Compliance with Federal Requirements
Auditor Harmon Releases Volume Two of Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky

Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon released Volume Two of the Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2020. Volume two of the SSWAK covers compliance with federal requirements for federal awards. One finding in the audit will be referred to the Office of the Attorney General.

Kentucky spent over $17.5 billion in cash and noncash awards received from the federal government in Fiscal Year 2020, which is an increase of $4.7 billion compared to federal funds spent by the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2019. The 2020 SSWAK Volume II identifies $670.7 million in questioned costs, including the $655 million in unemployment insurance (UI) benefits paid out by the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2020.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces State Committee for School District Audits Meeting Schedule
Regular Meetings Scheduled for Fiscal Year 2022

State Auditor Mike Harmon announced today, in accordance with Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law (KRS 61.820), the regular meeting schedule of the State Committee for School District Audits. The Committee is chaired by the State Auditor.

The regular quarterly meetings and an additional regular meeting of the Committee for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 are scheduled for September 16, 2021; October 14, 2021; March 17, 2022; March 24, 2022; and June 16, 2022. The meetings will be held at the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, 209 St. Clair Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Each meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

 

 

 

Op-Ed: It's Time to Fix Kentucky's Unemployment System

Governor Beshear, thousands of Kentuckians are counting on you. It’s hard when you don’t have all the answers. I get it. We all face challenges in life that you just cannot figure out. It’s painful and frustrating, and you let your pride get in the way of asking for help. In the case of Kentucky’s unemployment system, it’s been almost a year trying to untangle the mess, and eventually you just have to figure it out.

 

 

 

Multiple Issues within Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance System Detailed in Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky
Problems part of 25 findings in Fiscal Year 2020 audit

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon’s office released the first volume of the Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2020. The SSWAK contains 25 findings, half of them dealing with problems identified within the Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) fund.

“When we issued a qualified opinion on the UI fund as part of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, audit in December 2020, it was based on the fact the Commonwealth did not know how much money is still owed to Kentuckians who filed for unemployment benefits and the numerous internal control issues within OUI,” said Auditor Harmon. “The SSWAK report details those and other issues within our unemployment insurance system, which should be deeply concerning to taxpayers and those who have filed for UI benefits.”

 

 

 

Not Knowing Amount Still Owed to Unemployment Insurance Claimants Contributes to a Qualified Audit Opinion for Commonwealth’s Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2020
More details will be released in upcoming Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky

Auditor Mike Harmon’s office has completed its annual audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and issued a qualified opinion on the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund, also known as the Unemployment Compensation Fund, because of the UI internal control environment and the unknown amount owed to those who filed for unemployment benefits during Fiscal Year 2020.

“We’ve seen numerous stories about our friends and neighbors who have been displaced from their jobs and filed for unemployment benefits to help them and their families make ends meet,” said Auditor Harmon. “What our office found during our CAFR audit is that the Office of Unemployment Insurance is unable to accurately determine the amount of claims still outstanding for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, and a large backlog of claims remain unresolved.”

 

 

 

     
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