Office of the City Auditor

 City of Berkeley
City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan 
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What Should We Audit Next?
It's that time again! I am preparing my Audit Plan for FY2016 to present to Council. Do you have audit ideas? Please send your suggestions before May 11 to or mail them to City Auditor's Office, 2180 Milvia St. 3rd floor, Berkeley, CA  94704.
How Does the City Decide Which Services to Fund?
On April 28 at the 5:30 pm Special Meeting and 7:00 pm Regular Meeting Council will discuss how to allocate Community Agency Funding for FY2016-17, based on review of performance information and recommendations from City commissions. The City has made significant progress in holding community agencies accountable for performance in the years since we issued Survey of City Monitoring of Community Agency Contracts and Assessment of Job Training/Job Placement Programs and Community Agency Contracts.
How Do We Know that our audits make a difference? 
Council requires the City Manager to report back every six months on the implementation status of all of our performance audits. Below are three of those information calendar reports on Tuesday's 7:00 pm Meeting Agenda 

Parks, Recreation and Waterfront and the City Manager took action (Item 41) on our Parks Recreation & Waterfront Cash Handling Audit. They fully implemented nine of our recommendations, issuing new guidance and requirements to improve oversight over cash. An important step forward was requiring staff to perform rigorous revenue trend analysis for timely identification of possible problems. Still in progress is the plan to automate cash handling, dramatically decreasing paper-based and manual processes. This will free up staff to do other work and will more reliably safeguard revenue.


Police and Human Resources took action (Item 43) on our audit Injury Prevention: Better Investigations and Data Use Will Help the Berkeley Police Department and the City. Police refined their data collection, integrated duplicative database on injuries, and improved systems  to monitor trends and prevent injuries. Human Resources is updating citywide guidance and work continues on improving and formalizing a wellness program.


Public Works took action (Item 44) on our audit Equipment Replacement Fund - Sustainability and Transparency, improving their system for charging departments for replacing vehicles, and taking steps to reduce the equipment replacement backlog.



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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'm always happy to hear from folks who want to get more involved, and especially from anyone considering a career as a performance auditor. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor
City of Berkeley 

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