Office of the City Auditor

 City of Berkeley
City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan 
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Tonight's Council Agenda: Difficult Choices 
Our Tougher Budget Decisions Five Years Later report addresses the need for continuous improvement of the City's deteriorating infrastructure and unfunded costs (information item 32).

The City Manager reports tonight on the budget results for last year and the first quarter results for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). Council will take action on the FY16 Appropriations Ordinance.

Do audits make a difference?

Our 2011 Streets Audit shows that timely and data driven investment avoids much higher costs of failed streets. For audit results to date, see the October 27 Public Works presentation on Measure M Paving and Green Infrastructure Update.
Coming Soon:
Human Resources Department Hiring Practices - Is the City's hiring and promotional system merit-based? Are we following Equal Employment Opportunity laws as well as merit-based (civil service) requirements?
General Fund Reserves - Is the City's current general fund reserve policy in line with best practices? We will provide Council with information on how to plan for long-term needs by being fiscally responsible with the City's reserve balance.

Other Audits Underway:
Refuse Billing - Is the City billing customers correctly? Are there opportunities to improve service delivery? 
Ethics Audit - Does the City's ethical climate promote trust, positive leadership, and doing the right thing? If not, what are the problem areas and what can be done to improve the climate?
Payroll -  Are internal controls over payroll working effectively? This audit must be contracted out to meet the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated Standards for audit independence. We are currently in the RFP phase. If you know of anyone interested in this opportunity, please visit Finance's Bid and Proposal webpage.   
Career Corner:

Do you want to make a difference in improving City operations through performance auditing?  The Auditor's office will be looking for two candidates interested in a challenging and rewarding career in our Performance Audit division.  We'll be recruiting at the Auditor II level with a later opportunity for promotion to Senior Auditor: see information about both positions at:
 Ask us a question - send us advice - and consider a career in making Berkeley better
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. 
For the positions we'll be recruiting for soon, and even for the next elected City Auditor, we look for analytical thinkers with public policy/public service interests and experience, who can successfully and objectively communicate complex issues to a diverse audience.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Ann-Marie Hogan, City Auditor
City of Berkeley 













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