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2020 Press Highlights

Press Highlights for 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases its Limited Review of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food – November 2020

Can You Sue a State Because You Didn’t Get a Cannabis License?
By Lemon Knowles | GreenEntrepreneur
August 10, 2021

Utah appeals court rejects challenge to medical cannabis grow licenses
By Ben Winslow | Fox13 News
May 15, 2021

Kerry Gibson, former Utah ag commissioner, focus of scathing state auditor’s report
By Tim Vandenack | Standard-Examiner
Nov 18, 2020

Utah audit blasts former agriculture agency head for cannabis grower  selection, questionable travel
By Bethany Rodgers | Salt Lake Tribune
November 18, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases Limited Review of State Emergency Procurements and Emergency Response – September 2020

State auditor cites COVID-19 response missteps
By Utah Debate Commission
October 6, 2020

Two Utah tech firms respond to audit noting confusion over state COVID contracts
by Brian Mullahy | KUTV2
October 2, 2020

Gov. Herbert Says PPE Stockpile Will Be Important Part Of Future Pandemic Preparedness Plans
By Matilyn Mortensen | Utah Public Radio
October 1, 2020

State audit finds problems with Utah response to COVID-19 pandemic
By Kelli Pierce | KSL Newsradio
October 1, 2020

Audit: Utah leaders were unprepared for pandemic with ‘unclear chain of command’
By Katie McKellar | Deseret News
September 30, 2020

State auditors say Utah did ‘not adequately anticipate or prepare’ for COVID-19
By Bethany Rodgers and by Taylor Stevens | Salt Lake Tribune
September 30, 2020

State Audit shows “GOMB was tip of spear” in the COVID-19 Response
By Jason Nguyen | ABC4 News
September 30, 2020

Audit Finds Lack Of Pre-Planning, Communication Hindered COVID-19 Response
By Mike Headrick and Cindy St. Clair | KSL TV
September 30, 2020

Audit criticizes some of Gov. Herbert’s emergency spending, planning for COVID-19
By Ben Winslow | Fox13 News
September 30, 2020

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown – with Auditor John Dougall
September 30, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Announces the Availability of  Utah Health Cost Compare – A Healthcare Cost Comparison Tool – June 2020

State offers Utah Health Cost Compare to find best values
By Craig Hislop | Cache Valley Daily
July 8, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases a Report Identifying Concerns with Mandatory Fees in the Utah System of Higher Education – June 2020

Poma: Utah College Students Have Been Right All Along: We’re Being Ripped Off
By Sasha Poma | The Daily Utah Chronicle
July 22, 2020

State audit says some university fees are unreasonable, should be reconsidered
By Connor Richards | Daily Herald
June 26, 2020

Utah’s public colleges are charging fees for services that many students never use, audit says
By Courtney Tanner | Salt Lake Tribune
June 24, 2020

Audit Says Utah College Students Should Get Some Of Their Fees Back
By Jon Reed | KUER
June 24, 2020

Utah audit: Why should all college students pay study abroad fee? Library fee?
By Marjorie Cortez | Deseret News
June 23, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases Special Financial Audit of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for Fiscal Year 2019 – June 2020

DABC failed to monitor taxes, fees collected at Utah breweries, distilleries and wineries, audit shows
By Kathy Stephenson | Salt Lake Tribune
June 18, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Announces Formation of Commission on Protecting Privacy and Preventing Discrimination – June 2020

Michael Melendez and Christopher Koopman: Rush to fight virus shows Utah has a privacy problem
By Michael Melendez and Christopher Koopman | Salt Lake Tribune
July 14, 2020

Banjo’s budget on the chopping block as state auditor assembles review commission
By Leia Larsen | Salt Lake Tribune
June 9, 2020

Auditor announces formation of commission to review Banjo contract with Utah
By Jennifer Weaver | KUTV2
June 9, 2020

Government contracts with Banjo could be on pause for months as state conducts audit
By Leia Larsen | Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2020

State auditor will tackle scan for ‘algorithmic bias’ following revelations of Banjo CEO’s past ties with Ku Klux Klan
By Art Raymond | Deseret News
May 4, 2020

Who Audits the Auditor? – Office of the State Auditor Successfully Completes 2020 Peer Review – May 2020

Who audits the Auditor? Office of the State Auditor completes 2020 peer review
By by Jennifer Weaver | KUTV2
May 27, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases Transportation Fiscal Analysis  – Highlights the long-term ineffectiveness of the gas tax – February 2020

Utah Thrives podcast: The state auditor’s take on how to get Utah’s fiscal house in order
By Utah Policy
March 4, 2020

Utah state auditor says ‘gas tax is slowly dying’
By Lee Davidson | Salt Lake Tribune
February 27, 2020

State Rundown 2/27: Leaps Forward Needed for Tax Justice
By Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
February 27, 2020

Utah State Auditor John Dougall interviewed by Rod Arquette Show on Transportation Funding
By NewsFeed:Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown
February 28, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Releases a Performance Audit of the Utah Department of Corrections Inmate Placement Program Performance Audit No. 20‐01 – January 2020

Newly-released audit shows state ‘fails’ inmates in county jails
By Erin Cox | Fox13 News
January 24, 2020

Utah corrections officials failed to learn from Daggett inmate abuse, audit says
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
January 23, 2020

Audit slaps Utah prison system for poor oversight of jails where it sends inmates
By Nate Carlisle | Salt Lake Tribune
January 23, 2020

State audit slams Department of Corrections over program placing state inmates in local jails
By Jacob Scholl | Standard-Examiner
January 23, 2020

State audit criticizes Utah corrections department oversight
Associated Press | ABC4 News | U.S. News | | KUTV 2 News
January 24, 2020