State auditor says agency is clearing backlog of county audits in Oklahoma

As the state auditor and inspector's office has worked to process a backlog of county government audits in Oklahoma, the agency has uncovered numerous issues and in some instances the misuse of taxpayer dollars, its elected head said.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Modified: January 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013
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In Craig County, the audit was completed in October and found among other things that funds intended for the inmates' medical bills were not properly deposited. About $36,000 was unaccounted for in the fund.

The Grant County special audit is ongoing.

While the county audits are moving smoothly now, Jones said his agency still struggles with performance audits of state agencies and other entities.

“It may be feast or famine. There may be a huge request of audits coming in, and then they just stop,” he said.

Jones said he thinks the law gives his office the authority to initiate a performance audit, but changes to the law in 2003 muddied the water, and the office has only been doing performance audits when requested by the governor or legislative leaders.

Jones hopes the law can be changed this session to allow his office to schedule and initiate performance audits.

Performance audits currently are under way involving the Emergency Medical Services Authority, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs and the city of Oklahoma City.

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