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Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases A Performance Audit of Medicaid Prescription Drug Controls – August 2016

Utah audit reveals state paid for prescriptions for dead people
by Associated Press | KUTV2
August 19, 2016

Audit: Utah Medicaid prescription drug system susceptible to fraud
By Wendy Leonard | Deseret News
August 17, 2016

Audit: Utah paid for small number of prescriptions written by dead doctors
By Alex Stuckey | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 18, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Emery County Improper Wire Transfer by County Treasurer – August 2016

State audit: Emery County treasurer deviated from policy after inadvertently wiring $38,700 to scam artist
By Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 16, 2016

‘Spear phishing’ scam takes 2 Utah counties for thousands of dollars
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
August 16, 2016

Report: 2 Utah counties lose thousands in phishing scam
By Associated Press | The Olympian
August 16, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Review of Internal Controls at the Utah Communications Authority – August 2016

State Auditor Recommends Changes to UCA’s Financial Documentation
By Nicole Nixon | KUER
August 9, 2016

Utah communications agency needs tighter financial controls, state audit shows
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
By August 9, 2016

Utah auditor makes recommendations in wake of $1 million embezzlement scandal
By Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 10, 2016

Feds to decide whether to bring charges against two who stole from troubled Utah agency
By Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 8, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Kaysville City Review of Expenditures for “Big Red” Fire Engine 2016 Parade Entry – August 2016

Kaysville residents divided over councilman’s use of city funds to repair personal firetruck
By Katie McKellar | Deseret News
August 18, 2016

Recent state audit a topic at Kaysville council meeting
By Doug Gibson | Standard Examiner
August 8, 2016

Auditor reviews Kaysville expenses
By Louise R. Shaw | The Davis Clipper
August 6, 2016

State audit reveals Kaysville city councilman illegally used city funds
By Robert Boyd | Fox 13
August 2, 2016

State investigation recommends Kaysville fire engine expenses be returned
By Doug Gibson | Standard Examiner
August 2, 2016

State audit blasts Kaysville councilman for using public money on personal fire engine
By Matt Gephardt | KUTV2
August 2, 2016

Kaysville councilman owes city nearly $6K, auditor says
By Katie McKellar | Deseret News and KSL.com
August 2, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Utah Local Governments Trust – July 2016

Local government board fostered ‘culture of excess,’ state audit shows
By Dennis Romboy |Deseret News
July 20, 2016

Utah audit blasts government insurance co-op for high CEO pay, pricey perks
By Cathy McKitrick | The Standard-Examiner
July 20, 2016

Utah State Auditor investigates Utah Local Governments Trust’s ‘questionable expenditures’
By Angelique McNaughton | Park Record
July 22, 2016

State auditor’s report on Utah Local Governments Trust reveals ‘culture of excess’
By Tamara Vaifanua | Fox 13
July 20, 2016

State auditor uncovers ‘culture of excess’ using taxpayer money
By Chris Miller | KUTV2
July 20, 2016

Editorial: Utah State Auditor lifts rocks to let sunlight in
Salt Lake Tribune
July 25, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind Report on Investigation of Theft – July 2016

Utah deaf and blind schools boss hopes to recoup stolen funds
By Benjamin Wood | The Salt Lake Tribune
August 4, 2016

Audit: Employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
By Benjamin Wood | The Salt Lake Tribune
July 19, 2016

Audit: Ex-employee embezzled $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
By Morgan Jacobsen |Deseret News
July 19, 2016

Audit Finds Fraud, Theft At Utah Schools For The Deaf And Blind
By Whittney Evans | KUER
July 19, 2016

Former employee steals $67K from schools for deaf, blind
By Cristina Flores | KUTV2
July 19, 2016

Former employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, state audit shows
By Tamara Vaifuna | Fox 13
July 19, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases A Limited Performance Audit of Independent State Entity Transparency – July 2016

Editorial: Dougall’s audit shows the need for state agencies to operate in the open
The Salt Lake Tribune
July 20, 2016

Audit: Many independent state entities violate Utah open meetings laws
By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
July 18, 2016

Independent state agencies routinely violate Utah open meeting law, audit shows
By Dennis Romboy |Deseret News
July 18, 2016

Department of Workforce Services Helps to Bring Down Multi-State Fraudster After Adopting Office’s Recommendations to Use Data Analytics Techniques to Detect SNAP Abuse – June 2016
(Follow up from original Performance Audit of Data Analytics Techniques to Detect SNAP Abuse – January 2016)

Charges: Clerks at West Valley convenience store defrauded food stamps program
By Ben Lockhart, Deseret News
August 19, 2016

What’s being done to plug the holes used by food-stamp-fraudsters?
By Matt Gephardt | KUTV2
July 4, 2016

Arkansas woman charged with defrauding Utah food stamp cards
By the Associated Press | KATV7 Little Rock Arkansas
July 3, 2016

Utah data checks uncover alleged multistate food stamp fraud
By Marjorie Cortez | Deseret News and KSL.com
July 1, 2016

Stay in jail, judge orders Little Rock suspect in welfare fraud
By Linda Satter | ArkansasOnline Arkansas Democrat Gazette
June 28, 2016

Office Releases an Analysis Report on NCAA Athletics Revenue
Subsidization for Utah’s Public Colleges and Universities – Original Report July 2015

Doug Robinson: $280M UCLA deal breaks record, adds to disparity
By Doug Robinson | Deseret News
Friday, May 27 2016

A Performance Audit of the Division of Rehabilitation Services Cost Controls – Original Report September 2013

Changes in State Office of Rehabilitation Services keep the focus on helping people
By Marjorie Cortez | Deseret News
June 17 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases A Performance Audit of Utah Communications Authority Financial Management and Transparency – May 2016

UCA board grapples with funding freeze in wake of fraud, audit
By Michael Anderson | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 24, 2016

Audit criticizes Utah Communications Authority practices  – KSL
Audit criticizes Utah Communications Authority practices –  The Roanoke Times
Audit criticizes Utah Communications Authority practices – Cache Valley Daily
Associated Press
May 22, 2016

Audit says Utah agency ripe for fraud with lax controls, lack of transparency
By Michael Anderson | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 18, 2016

Audit: Public safety communication agency’s status needs legislative review
By Ben Lockhart | Deseret News
May 18 2016

Lawmakers want more control over public safety communication agency bilked by employee
By Lisa Riley Roche | Deseret News
May 17, 2016

Auditor wants Utah Communications Authority to list finances
By the Associated Press | Washington Times
April 17, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Report on Kane County’s Internal Control and Financial Practices – April 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor releases report on Kane County embezzlement
By The Independent
May 1, 2016

Missing Kane County money a ‘wake-up’ call for Utah elected officials
By Dennis Romboy |Deseret News
April 27, 2016

Treasurer scandal a ‘painful learning experience’
by David DeMille | The Spectrum
April 27, 2016

Utah Communications Authority Receives Warning from Office of the Utah State Auditor – April 2016

Recordings suggest communications agency broke open-meetings law during personnel vote
By Michael Anderson | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 2, 2016

Board for Utah quasigovernment agency votes for big changes in wake of financial scandal
By Michael Anderson | The Salt Lake Tribune
April 26, 2016

Embattled state agency could see more trouble over lack of transparency
By Paul Nelson | KSL News Radio
April 18, 2016

Auditor warns secretive Utah agency to report finances or face funding freeze
By Michael Anderson | The Salt Lake Tribune
April 17, 2016

Director of Utah 911 agency resigns amid embezzlement probe
By Lauren Steinbrecher and Mark Green | Fox13
APRIL 8, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Washington County School District Report on Internal Control and Compliance Over Credit Card Use – April 2016

State Auditor reviews Washington County School District’s dubious credit card use
By The Independent
April, 17, 2016

Washington County school district reviewing credit card guidelines after audit
By DJ Bolerjack | KUTV2 News
April 13, 2016

How Did Washington Co. School District Abuse Credit Card Policies?
By Hailey Higgins | Good4Utah.com
Apr 12th, 2016

School District audit pokes holes in credit card reporting
By David DeMille | The Spectrum
Apr 12th, 2016

Audit: Credit card spending at Washington County school district is ‘risky behavior’ – Deseret News
Audit: Credit card spending at Washington County school district is ‘risky behavior’
– KSL.com
By Daphne Chen
April 12th, 2016

Utah Agencies Collaborate to Stop Retail Food Stamp Fraud – Joint Press Release – March 2016

Utah market served with search warrant in food stamp fraud investigation
By Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune
March 31, 2016

Officials Crackdown on Food Stamp Fraud
Good4Utah.com
March 31, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Review of Southwest Utah Public Health Department – March 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor releases review of Southwest Utah Public Health Department
By The Independent
March 27, 2016

The Utah State Auditor says a public health department in southern Utah violated state law and failed to release financial information
The Associated Press | Daily Journal
March 24, 2016

State auditor puts Southern Utah health department under microscope
By DJ Bolerjack | 2KUTV.com
March 23, 2016

Audit: Southwest Utah Public Health Department violated state law
By Benjamin Wood | The Salt Lake Tribune
March 22, 2016

State auditors: lack of transparency, oversight at local health department
By David DeMille | The Spectrum
March 21, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases Kane County Report on Investigation of Theft – March 2016

Kane County treasurer resigns amid misuse of public funds allegations
By Haven Scott, The Spectrum
March 24, 2016

Kane County Treasurer resigns amid investigation of misuse of public funds
By Paul Dail | St. George News
March 23, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor releases Kane County Report on Investigation of Theft
By The Independent
March 22, 2016

Audit: Missing money from Kane County coffers linked to county treasurer  – KSL.com  
Audit: Missing money from Kane County coffers linked to county treasurer – Deseret News
Audit: Missing money from Kane County coffers linked to county treasurer – Sun Times Network
Audit: Missing money from Kane County coffers linked to county treasurer – Geos News
By McKenzie Romero
March 14, 2016

Utah audit finds ‘improper and illegal’ transfers from county funds to treasurer’s personal accounts
By Jessica Miller   | The Salt Lake Tribune
March 14, 2016

Kane County Treasurer resigns over alleged embezzlement
By DJ Bolerjack | KUTV2
March 14, 2016

Audit: Kane County treasurer put public funds into personal bank account
By David DeMille | The Spectrum
March 14, 2016

Utah State Breaking News – Auditor releases findings on Baca investigation
By Dixie Brunner | Southern Utah News
March 14, 2016

Kane County Treasurer Resigns As Scope of Fraud Comes to Light
By Mike Reilley | Lake Powell Life
March 15, 2016

County treasurer resigns amid embezzlement investigation
Associated Press | Cache Valley Daily
March 15, 2016

County treasurer resigns amid embezzlement investigation
Associated Press | Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
March 15, 2016

Kane County Treasurer under investigation

Kane County Treasurer under investigation
By Mike Reilley | Lake Powell Life
February 23, 2016

Kane County Treasurer Under Investigation
Southern Utah News
February 18, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Announces New Training Courses Designed for Elected Officials in Local Governments – January 2016

New training for elected officials (roundup)
By Karissa Neely | Daily Herald
February 5, 2016

State auditor talks transparency with Utah County Republican Women

State auditor talks transparency with Utah County Republican Women
By Katie England | Daily Herald
February 1, 2016

Office of the Utah State Auditor Releases A Performance Audit of Data Analytics Techniques to Detect SNAP Abuse – January 2016

Food stamp fraud in Utah subject of Utah State Auditor report
By The Independent, St. George and Southern Utah
January 7, 2016

Auditor says DWS could do better at identifying and following up on potential food stamp fraud
By Glen Mills | Good4Utah
January 5, 2016

Officials want to eliminate fraud in food stamp progam
By Rod Decker and Larry D. Curtis | KUTV2
January 5, 2016

Audit Details Methods for Detecting Food Stamps Abuse
By Nicole Nixon | KUER
January 5, 2016

Political Cornflakes – News roundup
Tribune Political Reporters | The Salt Lake Tribune
January 6, 2016

Office Completes Audit of Federal Funds Received by State in Fiscal Year 2015 – December 2015

Federal Funds: The Largest Share Of State Budget
By Judy Fahys | KUER
December 28, 2015

Audit: Utah spent 4.3 billion in fed funds
By David DeMille | The Spectrum
December 21, 2015

Concerns about Use of Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB) Funds

AG’s office unlikely to issue opinion on legality of CIB funding for major infrastructure projects
By Molly Marcello |  The Times-Independent (Moab)
December 17, 2015

Office Releases A Limited Performance Audit of The Utah State Fair Corporation – March 2014 (updated press highlights December 2015)

Utah State Fairpark should keep current location, group says
By Dennis Romboy | KSL.com
December 8, 2015

Legislative group favors fixing up Utah State Fairpark, keeping it in place
Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
December 7, 2015

Office Releases Investigative Reports Related to Flooding in the Douglas-Hiland Neighborhood in Ogden City, Utah – November 2015

Mismanagement blamed for continual flooding in Utah city
By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune
November 10, 2015

State audit shows Pineview Water slow to react to Ogden flooding
By Jason Nguyen | ABC4 Utah
November 10, 2015

Pineview Water Systems mishandled leaky Ogden reservoir, audit reports
By Robert Boyd | Fox13
November 10, 2015

State audit blisters water district’s response to Ogden flooding
By Cathy McKitrick | The Standard-Examiner
November 11, 2015

Board cannot defend its response to Ogden flooding
By Standard-Examiner Editorial Board | The Standard-Examiner
November 11, 2015

Audit Shines Light on Poor Leadership at Weber-Box Elder Conservation District
By Brian Grimmett | KUER
November 11, 2015

Utah audits criticize water district response to Ogden flood – Daily Herald
Utah audits criticize water district response to Ogden flood – Cache Valley Daily
Utah audits criticize water district response to Ogden flood – KSL.com
Utah audits criticize water district response to Ogden flood – The Washington Times
The Associated Press
November 11, 2015

Update November 2015 – Review of the Mapleton Irrigation District – May 2015

Ex-Mapleton official sentenced for embezzlement
By Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune
November 10, 2015

Ex-Mapleton official sentenced for embezzlement – SF Gate
Associated Press
November 12, 2015

Office Releases A Performance Audit of Financial Reporting in Public Education – November 2015

Audit: Sensitive student information released in 5,500 transactions
By Morgan Jacobsen | Deseret News
November 4, 2015

Auditors ‘pleasantly surprised’ by accuracy of Utah school finance reporting
By Benjamin Wood |  The Salt Lake Tribune
November 4, 2015

Audit: Districts released sensitive data; financial reports good
By Becky Wright | The Standard-Examiner
November 9, 2015

State Auditor – public school financials in order
By David DeMille | The Spectrum
November 5, 2015

Sensitive student information released in 5,500 transactions, report says
By Morgan Jacobsen | for KSL.com
November 5, 2015

Audit shows some schools released sensitive student data – Cache Valley Daily
Audit shows some schools released sensitive student data – Washington Times
Audit shows some Utah districts, charters released sensitive student data – The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
The Associated Press
November 5, 2015

Office Releases an Analysis Report on NCAA Athletics Revenue Subsidization for Utah’s Public Colleges and Universities – July 2015

Doug Robinson: $280M UCLA deal breaks record, adds to disparity
Also published in the Deseret News print edition as UCLA’s $280M deal adds to NCAA hypocrisy
By Doug Robinson | Deseret News
May 2y, 2016

My view: Is it time to audit the Utah Sports Commission?
By Scott R. Mecham | For the Deseret News
March 11, 2016

A look at what’s behind audit of University of Utah athletics (see second page)
By Morgan Jacobsen | Deseret News
February 28 2016

Legislature will audit University of Utah athletics in wake of BYU rivalry suspension
By Annie Knox and Kyle Goon | The Salt Lake Tribune
February 20, 2016

Most Utah colleges rely heavily on subsidies to fund sports
By The Associated Press | Cache Valley Daily
July 13, 2015

Editorial: Keep your eye on Utah college athletic program costs
Editorial |  The Salt Lake Tribune
July 8 2015

Costs to Students for NCAA Sports Shown by State Audit
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
July 8, 2015

Costs to students for NCAA sports shown by state audit
By Morgan Jacobsen | KSL
July 8, 2015

State audit shows costs to students for NCAA sports
By Morgan Jacobsen | Deseret News
July 7, 2015

Report shows state’s NCAA athletic programs received $56M subsidy in 2014
By Matthew Piper | The Salt Lake Tribune connect
July 07 2015

Report: Utah colleges and universities subsidize athletics with millions
By Max Roth | Fox13
July 7, 2015

State Auditor trying to bring more transparency to government on state and local levels

State Auditor trying to bring more transparency to government on state and local levels
Jennie Christensen | Cache Valley Daily
June 1, 2015
Also referenced by the National Freedom of Information Coalition

Office Releases Special Financial Audit of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – May 2015

DABC audit knocks management for lack of retail experience
By Ben Winslow | FOX 13 News
May 26, 2015

Utah liquor agency needs to improve decision-making, accounting, audit shows
By Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 26, 2015

Office Releases Review Report – Review of the Mapleton Irrigation District – May 2015

Editorial: Mapleton audit shows need for open records
The Salt Lake Tribune
May 19 2015

Former Mapleton Irrigation District official accused of stealing more than $100K
KUTV 2
May 15, 2015

State audit finds 100k+ embezzled from Mapleton Irrigation District
By Mary Richards | KSL Newsradio
May 15, 2015

Audit: Mapleton Irrigation District secretary linked to more than $100,000 in missing funds
By Danielle Downs  | Daily Herald
May 15, 2015

Auditor finds more than $100K swindled from Utah County water district
By Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
May 14, 2015

Office Releases Analysis Report – Steps to Improve College Graduation Rates – April 2015

St. George Academy breaks ground in Washington City (Office Report Quoted)
Nichole Osinski | The Spectrum
April 22, 2016

Steps to Improve College Graduation Rates
Salt Lake City Weekly
May 20, 2015

State Auditor publishes report on college prep and student success
Utah System of Higher Education
April 29th, 2015

1 in 4 high school students aren’t prepared to succeed in chosen college field
By Cimaron Neugebauer | KUTV 2
April 23rd, 2015

Utah high school students unprepared for college, new state report says
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
April 22nd, 2015

State audit: High school grads not prepared for college
By Dennis Romboy | KSL.com
April 22nd, 2015

State Auditor Report Finds Room for Improvement in College Grad Rates
By Whittney Evans | KUER
April 22nd, 2015

Utah’s Education Needs – Planning for the Long-Term
Original post written by Shuktika Maheshwari | Salt Lake Chamber

Office Releases Audit of the Jordanelle Special Service District  – April 2015

Audit blasts Jordanelle water district, questions credit-card use
By Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
April 20, 2015

Jordanelle Special Service District ripe for misconduct, fraud, state audit says
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
April 20, 2015

State Auditor Releases Critical Report on Jordanelle Water District
By Andrea Smardon | KUER
April 22nd, 2015

State audit blasts Jordanelle Special Service District
By Dennis Romboy | KSL.com
April 21, 2015

Office Releases a Performance Audit of Sex Offender Access to Vulnerable Populations – April 2015

Audit finds problems monitoring Utah sex offenders’ access to children
By Michael McFall | The Salt Lake Tribune
April 8, 2015

Utah audit: Sex offenders living in child care homes
The Standard-Examiner
April 08, 2015

Utah auditor throws water on idea of probing polygamous towns’ utility

Utah auditor throws water on idea of probing polygamous towns’ utility
By Nate Carlisle |  The Salt Lake Tribune
February 17, 2015

Emery County official double-dipped, auditor concludes

Emery County official double-dipped, auditor concludes
By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune
February 13, 2015

Office Completes A Performance Audit of Utah’s Adult Felony Drug Courts – January 2015

Audit Finds Utah Drug Courts Could be Improved
By Andrea Smardon | KUER
January 21, 2015

Office Completes Audit of Federal Funds Received by State in Fiscal Year 2014

Audit: Utah still relies heavily on federal money (Deseret News)
Audit: Utah still relies heavily on federal money (KSL.com)
Audit: Utah still relies heavily on federal money(HeraldExtra)
By Michelle Price | The Associated Press
December 17, 2014

Federal funding Utah’s single largest source of revenue according to state audit
The Independent, St. George and Southern Utah
December 17, 2014

Office Issues A Limited Performance Audit of The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Audit cites inventory issues, high employee turnover at Utah liquor stores
By Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune
November 18, 2014

Imbibing in Utah grows with population, state alcohol report shows
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
November 18, 2014

Audit: Utah liquor stores not selling fast enough (KSL.com)
Audit: Utah liquor stores not selling fast enough (Daily Herald)
Audit: Utah liquor stores not selling fast enough (TheWashington Times)
By Michelle L. Price | The Associated Press
November 18, 2014

Office Issues A Performance Audit of
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development Corporate Incentives Program

Audit cites ‘inadequate oversight’ in state economic development program
By Morgan Jacobsen | Deseret News
October 14, 2014

Audit Raises Concerns over Economic Incentive Program (Audio)
By Ryan Cunningham| KCPW
October 14, 2014

Audit: Utah lax in overseeing $600M in incentives to companies
By Robert Gehrke | The Salt Lake Tribune
October 14, 2014

Audit claims millions in ‘questionable incentives’ handed out by Gov’s Office of Economic Development (Video)
By Ben Winslow | Fox13
October 14, 2014

State Auditor Says GOED Lacks Oversight and Accountability (Audio)
By Brian Grimmett | KUER
October 14, 2014

Audit: $600M state biz incentive program flawed
Associated Press | KUTV2
October 14, 2014

Audit: Corporate tax credit benefits not verified
By Jesus Lopez, Jr. | The Standard Examiner
October 15, 2014

GOED lauded, but audit is concerning
By Mike Gorrell | The Salt Lake Tribune
November 19, 2014

Incentives program to lure businesses to Utah under review
Amy Nay | KUTV2
October 10, 2014

Office Issues Analysis of Utah Property Tax System Showing Significant
Calculation Errors Across the State

Audit Finds Error Cost State $100 Million in Property Taxe Revenues
By Whitney Evans | KUER
July 14, 2014

$100M mistake means tax increase for Utah property owners
By Morgan Jacobsen with Richard Piatt | KSL TV
July 14, 2014

Audit: Utahns undertaxed $100M since 2006
By Morgan Jacobsen | Deseret News
July 14, 2014

State auditor: Utah property taxes bring in $100 million less than owed
By Dan Harrie And Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune
July 14, 2014

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