Out of 16 recommendations reviewed, one implemented
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released the follow-up report to the Webster County audit. The original audit was issued in October 2014 and earned an overall performance rating of "poor." The follow-up report, which does not include an overall rating, highlights the steps Webster County has taken to implement audit recommendations, and notes areas where concerns remain.
"Webster County residents deserve a government that operates efficiently and safeguards against waste," Galloway said. "The county is taking steps to implement recommendations for many of the practices highlighted in the original report and should continue to make improvements for the benefit of its residents."
For follow-up reporting purposes, audit findings are prioritized and then selected recommendations are evaluated and ranked as implemented, in progress, partially implemented or not implemented.
In the Webster County follow-up report, 16 recommendations were selected for evaluation. Of those 16, one recommendation, related to preparation and filing of annual settlements by the public administrator, had been successfully implemented.
Seven recommendations were in progress, including steps to segregate office duties and accurately record and process financial transactions within the offices of the Recorder of Deeds and Prosecuting Attorney.
Six recommendations were only partially implemented at the time of the follow-up review, including one related to monitoring procedures for vehicle and equipment fuel use.
Two recommendations were not implemented at the time of the follow-up review, both related to reviewing and verifying the accuracy of property tax records.
The follow-up review was primarily conducted in April and May 2015. The status updates in the follow-up report are deemed accurate through that time.
The complete follow-up report is available here.