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Recent Releases, Audits, Reports and Presentations

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

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 | KJZZ.com | KUTV 2 News
January 24, 2020

Office of the State Auditor Completes 2019 Federal Funds Compliance Audit – December 2019

How big is the debt in Utah state government?
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
December 13, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases Public Education Performance Dashboards – November 2019

New online tool shows how Utah student performance relates to spending
By Max Roth | Fox13 News
November 6, 2019

New dashboards compare education spending to outcomes in Utah
By Mary Richards | KSL NewsRadio
November 6, 2019

Public Education Performance Dashboards show no correlation between spending and student proficiency
By SUU Independent
November 6, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases the Second Report on its Information Systems Audit of the Department of Public Safety Driver License Division Report No. IT 18-03 – September 2019

Audit dings Utah’s Driver License Division for weak IT security
By Benjamin Wood | Salt Lake Tribune
September 17, 2019

State audit finds weaknesses in Utah driver’s license database security
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
September 17, 2019

Report on the security practices of DPS driver’s license database released
By Jennifer Weaver | KJZZ.com and KUTV
September 17, 2019

State audit finds weaknesses in Utah driver’s license database security
By USA Latest News
September 17, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases a Public Education Spending Dashboard To Help Show “Where Does The Money Go in Public Education?” – September 2019

How much should Utah teachers be paid? A new report has a suggestion — but it would cost $530 million
By Courtney Tanner | Salt Lake Tribune
October 2, 2019

State Auditor reveals where the money goes in public education
By Eric Frandsen | CacheValleyDaily.com
September 24, 2019

State Auditor releases public school spending data
By Toole Transcript Bulletin
September 19, 2019

New site shows how your schools spend money
By Max Roth | Fox 13
September 11, 2019

Call for a comprehensive performance audit of Utah public schools
By Mary Richards | KSL NewsRadio
August 21, 2019

BYU: Big data answers big questions about school spending in Utah
By Anessa Pennington BYU | Daily Herald
August 18, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases a Report on the Beaver County Waste Management Service District No. 5 – September 2019

State auditors claim former Beaver County worker took government money
By Paul Nelson | KSL NewsRadio
September 11, 2019

A Beaver County Waste Management employee misused up to $38K, new audit shows
By Clara Hatcher | The Salt Lake Tribune
September 11, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases an Audit of Evidence Storage and Management Among Selected Utah District and Juvenile Courts – August 2019

Audit: Utah’s district, juvenile courts poorly manage evidence, lack internal controls
By Jacob Scholl | Standard-Examiner
August 29, 2019

Audit Finds Inadequate Evidence Practices in Utah Courts
By Associated Press | U.S. News
August 29, 2019

State auditor finds Utah Courts have inadequate evidence management practices
By John Wojcik | KSL NewsRadio
August 28, 2019

Audit says Utah courts don’t keep adequate track of evidence
By Paighten Harkins | Salt Lake Tribune
August 28, 2019

Audit: Utah courts don’t adequately secure guns, drugs, other evidence
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
August 28, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases Audits of the Utah State Fair Corporation – May 2019

Utah’s state auditor John Dougall has rocked many boats, but he has also gained bipartisan praise
By Benjamin Wood | Salt Lake Tribune
May 28, 2019

State Fairpark’s finances looking up even as auditor dings management for lax oversight of employee expenses
By Dan Harrie | Salt Lake Tribune
May 21, 2019

Utah State Fairpark enjoyed successful year but could do more, according to audit
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
May 21, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases a Review of Property and Evidence Storage and Management Among Selected Utah Law Enforcement Agencies – May 2019

Local police weigh in after state audit reveals lax standards in Utah evidence rooms
Cody Blowers | St George News
May 8, 2019

Gehrke: How will Utah’s police respond now that an audit shows mistakes in handling evidence
By Robert Gehrke | Salt Lake Tribune
May 6, 2019

Some Utah law enforcement agencies don’t keep track of seized property and evidence, review finds
By Paighten Harkins | Salt Lake Tribune
May 1, 2019

Audit scrutinizes how Utah police departments handle evidence
By Ben Winslow | Fox13 News
May, 2019

State audit finds missing evidence, unsecured cash in various Utah police departments
By Jadob Scholll | Standard-Examiner
May 1, 2019

Audit Finds Lost Evidence at Utah Police Departments
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content
May 2, 2019

State Audit Finds Police Agencies Losing Cash, Firearms In Their Custody
By Rebecca Ellis | KUER
May 2, 2019

Audit finds lost evidence at Utah police departments
By Lindsay Whitehurst | Associated Press KSL News
May 2nd, 2019

Utah police departments need to do better at keeping track of stored evidence, audit finds
By Pat Reavy | Deseret News
Published: May 4, 2019 5:20 pm

Gehrke: How will Utah’s police respond now that an audit shows mistakes in handling evidence
By Robert Gehrke | Salt Lake Tribune
May 6, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases Its Internal Control Report: An Evaluation of Utah’s Counties – February 2019

State Auditor releases evaluation of Utah’s counties
SUU Independent
February 20, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Issues Management Letter to the Utah Department of Transportation – February 2019

Oops. Because UDOT used outdated Census data, some cities received too much in road funds and others too little
By Lee Davidson | Salt Lake Tribune
February 15, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases its Information Systems Audit of the Controlled Substance Database – February 2019

Unlicensed medical providers accessed Utah prescription drug database, audit shows
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
February 13, 2019

Utah’s Controlled Substance Database susceptible to hacking, auditors warn
By Nate Carlisle | Salt Lake Tribune
February 13, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases A Performance Audit of Police Officer Standards and Training – January 2019

Utah’s police regulators discipline 3 officers, discuss what constitutes ‘lying
By Nate Carlisle | Salt Lake Tribune
March 19, 2019

Misbehaving Utah officers given leniency, audit finds
By Associated Press | KSL NewsRadio
February 3, 2019

Police discipline “lenient” in Utah, Auditor finds
By Paul Nelson | KSL NewsRadio
January 30, 2019

Utah is more lenient regarding police misconduct than other states, audit finds
By Pat Reavy | Deseret News
January 30, 2019

Audit finds Utah police officers get ‘lenient’ discipline
by Cristina Flores | KUTV2
January 30, 2019

Audit: Utah is lenient on discipline toward police officers in misconduct cases
By Jacob Scholl | Standard-Examiner
January 30, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases Two Reports of Programs within Utah’s System of Public Education – January 2019

Commentary: Utah education partner experiences ‘audacious’ growth
By Kim Fischer | Salt Lake Tribune
June 15, 2019

Where did 3,000 Utah students go? An audit finds big gap between online preschool’s enrollment and how many kids later showed up in kindergarten.
By Courtney Tanner |Salt Lake Tribune
January 29, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Releases its Special Project Report on Fayette Town – January 2019

State Auditor’s office says Fayette’s town procedures were faulty
By Robert Stevens | Sanpete Messenger
January 30, 2019

State Auditor Releases Scathing Report On Small Sanpete County Town
By Alex Cabrero | KSL TV
January 23, 2019

Clerk in a small Utah town with 250 residents embezzled $300K in public funds over 9 years
By Lee Davidson | Salt Lake Tribune
January 23, 2019

Utah State Auditor says former town clerk misappropriates over $300K during 9-year period
by Hunter Geisel | KUTV2
January 24, 2019

Office of the State Auditor Announces its Information Systems Audit of The Department of Public Safety, Driver License Division – January 2019

Gehrke: Utah’s sweeping, unreliable searches of our driver license photos need to stop
By Robert Gehrke | Salt Lake Tribune
July 15, 2019

State audit reveals Utah Drivers License Division may overshare personal info
By Todd Fooks |KSL NewsRadio
January 15, 2019

Driver license division improperly shared Utahns’ personal data, audit says
By Dennis Romboy | Deseret News
January 15, 2019

New audit says Utah’s Driver License Division discloses more than it should
By Ben Winslow |Fox13 News
January 15, 2019

Audit: Driver License Division disclosed more information than it was supposed to
Jenn Gardiner | ABC4 Good4Utah
January 15, 2019

Utah Driver License Division illegally shares some personal data
By Lee Davidson | Salt Lake Tribune
January 15, 2019