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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.”

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon: Continued Failure to Address Control Issue within Kentucky’s Motor Vehicle Registration System Could Lead to Additional Fraud
Harmon’s office releases audit of state MVR system for Calendar Year 2019

The Commonwealth has failed to address an issue for the past seven years with Kentucky’s Motor Vehicle Registration System that, in past instances, led to fraud and criminal charges. That is one issue identified in Auditor Mike Harmon’s report on the Motor Vehicle and Motorboat Registration System (MVR) for Calendar Year 2019.

Auditor Harmon’s report details how the lack of controls, which allows any person with access to the Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS), and Kentucky AVIS (KAVIS) to alter social security numbers, has not been addressed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing since it was first identified in 2013.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces State Committee for School District Audits Meeting Schedule
Regular Meetings Scheduled for Fiscal Year 2021

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 2020-2021 are scheduled for September 17, 2020; October 22, 2020; March 18, 2021; March 25, 2021; and June 17, 2021. 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.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces Time Change for Last Meeting of State Committee for School District Audits
Final meeting for Fiscal Year 2020 now set for June 25

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

The meeting original scheduled for June 18, 2020, is now scheduled for June 25, 2020. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time at the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, 209 St. Clair Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

 

 

 

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

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon released volume two of the annual Statewide Single Audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2019.

Kentucky spent over $12.6 billion in cash and noncash awards received from the federal government in Fiscal Year 2019, which is an increase of $152 million compared to federal funds spent by the Commonwealth during Fiscal Year 2018. The 2019 SSWAK Volume II identifies $201,452 in questioned costs.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces Change for March 26th Meeting of State Committee for School District Audits
Changes due to ongoing COVID-19 emergency in Kentucky

State Auditor Mike Harmon announced today, in accordance with Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law (KRS 61.820), changes to the scheduled March 26 meeting of the State Committee for School District Audits.

The meeting scheduled for March 26 is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency in Kentucky. Because of the situation, under KRS 61.823, a special meeting of the State Committee for School District Audits will take place at 11 a.m. on March 26. The meeting will be conducted via teleconference in accordance with KRS 61.826.

 

 

 

Statement from Auditor Mike Harmon Regarding Response to COVID-19 by His Office

As we continue to make changes in state government due to the ongoing emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus in Kentucky, our priority is the health and safety of our employees and their families, those we deal with as we conduct audit work with state agencies and county governments, and the general public as a whole.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces Change for March 19th Meeting of State Committee for School District Audits
Changes due to ongoing COVID-19 emergency in Kentucky

State Auditor Mike Harmon announced today, in accordance with Kentucky’s Open Meetings Law (KRS 61.820), changes to the scheduled March 19 meeting of the State Committee for School District Audits.

The meeting scheduled for March 19 is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency in Kentucky. Because of the situation, under KRS 61.823, a special meeting of the State Committee for School District Audits will take place at 11 a.m. on March 19. The meeting will be conducted via teleconference in accordance with KRS 61.826.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon: Greater Transparency Needed Regarding Use of State Aircraft by Elected Officials
Auditor Harmon’s office releases review of use of state aircraft by former Governor, Lt. Governor

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon called on the Kentucky General Assembly to pass legislation that will create greater transparency when it comes to the use of state aircraft by elected officials. Auditor Harmon’s call comes as his office releases a review of the use by state aircraft by former Governor Bevin and former Lt. Governor Hampton between January 2016 and September 2019.

“Originally, we intended to review the use of state aircraft by both former Governor Bevin, and former Governor Steve Beshear. But the documentation available for former Governor Beshear was not sufficient enough to allow for a comparison between his administration and that of former Governor Bevin,” Auditor Harmon said. “Of the documentation we were able to review, my office has concluded that increased transparency is needed when officials like the Governor or Lt. Governor are using a taxpayer-funded aircraft.”

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Names Deputy Executive Director of Office of Technology and Special Audits
Tiffany Welch has worked on numerous special examinations during her career

Today, Auditor Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, announced he has appointed Tiffany Welch as the Deputy Executive Director of the Office of Technology and Special Audits (OTSA) for the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA). Welch will begin her new role on February 16.

“We are excited to have Tiffany starting in this new role. While she may not be well known to Kentuckians, her work has had a valuable and profound impact on the Commonwealth,” Auditor Harmon said. “From the governance examination of the University of Louisville Foundation, to the first ever outside examination of the Administrative Office of the Courts, her tenacity and professionalism in seeking answers and following the data is why my office is appointing her to this new role.”

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Releases First Volume of Annual Statewide Single Audit of Commonwealth of Kentucky
Fiscal Year 2019 report contains eight findings from APA audit of financial statements

Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon released the first volume of the annual Statewide Single Audit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SSWAK) for Fiscal Year 2019.

The SSWAK Volume 1 report details eight findings by Auditor Harmon’s office, and contains recommendations to address audit findings for the Finance and Administration Cabinet (FAC), Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT), and the Department of Workforce Investment (DWI). All eight findings for the Fiscal Year 2019 SSWAK Volume 1 report are considered significant deficiencies, with one repeat finding from the SSWAK Volume 1 audit for Fiscal Year 2018.

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon: New Law Leading to Savings for Taxpayers on Audits of County Sheriffs, Clerks
Auditor releases initial savings numbers for agreed-upon procedures (AUP) engagements

Acknowledging how every dollar counts for many counties across the Commonwealth, today Auditor Mike Harmon announced the first-year savings from a new law that allows agreed-upon procedures, or AUP engagements, for county sheriffs and county clerks that meet eligibility requirements to receive them.

“Initially, when we pushed for legislation to allow AUP’s for local sheriffs and county clerks in Kentucky, we estimated counties would save between 25 and 50 percent on the cost of an AUP compared to a full financial statement audit,” Auditor Harmon said during remarks at the Kentucky County Judge/Executives Association’s winter conference in Lexington. “Based on the first year of AUPs, the savings for sheriffs and clerks exceed 60 percent.”

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Appoints Acting Executive Director of Office of Technology and Special Audits
Jason Johnson, a 24-year employee of APA, will serve in new role

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, today announced the appointment of Jason Johnson as the Acting Executive Director of the Office of Technology and Special Audits within the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts (APA).

“Jason brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new role with Team Follow the Data,” said Auditor Harmon. “This office has handled many important audits and examinations conducted over the last four years, including KentuckyWired and the University of Louisville Foundation. It is imperative this office continues working to bring greater transparency and accountability to all areas of government. I’m pleased to have Jason leading this office.”

 

 

 

Auditor Harmon Announces New Appointments to Executive Staff
Jonathan Grate is new General Counsel, and Carlos Felix named IT Director

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, today announced two new appointments to his executive staff. Auditor Harmon has appointed Jonathan Grate as General Counsel, and Carlos Felix as IT Director.

“Both Jonathan and Carlos bring a wealth of experience and talent to what I believe is the best executive staff in the Commonwealth,” said Auditor Harmon. “They bring much to my office as we strive toward greater accountability and transparency in all levels of government as part of our commitment to taxpayers to follow the data.”