What Do the Auditors Do?

Provide an independent assessment of whether City funded services and operations:

  • Are managed properly and in compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Achieve their objectives and desired outcomes.
  • Are being provided efficiently, economically and effectively.

Perform revenue audits and provide consulting services; and provide fraud prevention and detection training.

The elected City Auditor reports to and is accountable to the City of Berkeley voters.  All audit reports issued by our office are performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, are presented to Council, and are available to the public.

Ann-Marie Hogan was elected Auditor of the City of Berkeley in December 1994.

Key Objectives for Fiscal Years 2012 & 2013

  • Help City staff improve monitoring of the effectiveness and efficiency of programs.

  • Identify system improvements to reduce risks and avoidable costs.

  • Provide reliable and objective reports and information about City programs and services.

  • Improve timeliness of report issuance and actions taken to help staff, the City Council, and Berkeley residents make informed decisions.

  • Identify opportunities for enhancing revenue collection and efficiencies.

  • Ensure that all City employees complete training in their responsibility to avoid and report fraud, waste, and abuse of City resources.

  • Actively work with departments and the City Manager to identify and remove barriers to successful implementation of audit recommendations.

  • Provide the City with realistic recommendations to improve, standardize, and simplify employee pay and benefits. This will reduce administratvie costs and increase the accuracy and transparency of employee.

  • Move to increasingly process and maintain payroll documentation electronically, rather than on paper. This will not only create cost savings but will reduce the City's impact on the environment. Tranisition to distributed time entry would also reduce staff time and payroll errors and allow for better cost accounting, but is still an unfunded project in the Information Technology Master Plan for 2011.

  • Provide City departments with more detailed and comprehensive custom payroll reports so that management has better tools to monitor the overall health of City programs, as well as pay and benefits.

Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)

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