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 City of Berkeley
City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan 
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Tuesday March 9 Council Info Item: Budget 
"City Auditor's Proposed Budget Cuts FY2011" explains what steps the City Auditor will take to help balance the budget, and why increasing efficiency is more sensible than cutting oversight.  
"It is a fundamental principle of budgetary/cost accounting that a 20% increase in operating staff would not require a 20% increase in fiscal services.  Conversely, a 20% cut in operating staff would not reduce workload in support and oversight functions by 20%." 
March 8 Op-Ed
Berkeley and Oakland City Auditors discuss across the board cuts and responsible budgets. Berkeley's General Fund revenue shortfall for the current year is $3.7 million, and some special funds are also declining.  Public Health funds balancing strategies will be reviewed by the City Council at a 5 p.m. work session on March 9.   (note: no budget discussions planned for 7 p.m. meetings in March)

Other FY2010 Audit Reports

Over $38,000 in Duplicate and Over Payments Recovered 
Audit work is credited for recovering $23,000 in duplicate and overpayments, and $15,163 in City refunds and credits.   
Click to See Report
Business License Tax Program Audit Report 
A total of $170,577 was collected from Business License Tax audits in FY2009.  
Click to See Report
Public Works Contract Monitoring: Risk of Overpayments / Lack of Inventory Controls 
Clarification of contract terms and conditions, and development of procedures to monitor contract compliance is needed.  
Click to See Report
Fiscal Responsibility and Outstanding Audits:  Policies, Problems, and Solutions
Outstanding audit recommendations involve key internal control elements.  Click to See Report
Council discussed the budget at a special council meeting held on February 9 at 5 p.m. 
City Auditor's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2009 
2009 audit work shows that the City Manager agreed with 97% of our recommendations and agreed to take action.  Click to See Report 
2009 Peer Review:  Audit of the City of Berkeley's Auditor's Office
Who audits the auditors?  Our office was found to be in full compliance with Generally Accepted Government Audit Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.   Click to See Report
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Thank you for your continued support for our work to help Berkeley deliver services in a more efficient, effective, and equitable way.  Please contact me at (or at 981-6750) with your questions, comments, and ideas for the audit plan.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor
City of Berkeley 
Budget News
from the City Auditor 
March 2010 
City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan
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