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Colorado’s Minimum Wage Increases To $12 Per Hour

City of Denver officials say they will start enforcing the minimum wage law immediately. The process begins with workers filing formal complaints followed by a Denver labor investigation. If an employer is not following the law they could end up paying up $50 for each day a worker is paid less than minimum wage.” 

CBS4 Denver, January 01, 2020

Denver auditor asks city to take action against airport Westin hotel for withholding records

The 519-room hotel opened in late 2015 as part of a $719 million project that also included the airport’s transit center. The auditor’s letter marks the latest escalation of a fight for records that began more than a year ago.

Denver Post, July 8, 2019

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City Audit Faults Denver’s “Fragmented” Approach to Homelessness

The audit indicated that city officials agreed to implement each of its recommendations, and in a statement on Thursday, Hancock said he would go one step further, announcing plans to establish a new city department to lead its homelessness efforts.

Westword, April 19, 2019

In the news

2020

Data Centers (Report: January 2019 | Follow-up: September 2020)
Audit: Denver data centers still lacking protections - Colorado Politics - September 8, 2020

Worker’s Compensation (Report: October 2018 | Follow-up: September 2020)
Auditor: Denver workers' comp program still not fully accounting for costs - The Gazette - September 8, 2020

Employment Services Cluster Grants (Report: August 2020 | Release)
Denver auditor: City should remedy recordkeeping for federal workforce development grant - Colorado Politics - August 31, 2020

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Report: August 2020 | Release)
Denver auditor finds some reporting delays for federal law enforcement grants - Colorado Politics - August 28, 2020

Syringe Access and Sharps Disposal (Report August 2020 | Release)
Report: Denver's syringe programs could benefit from more precise data, better oversight - Colorado Politics - August 21, 2020

Airport Security (Report: September 2018 | Follow-up: August 2020 | Release)
Auditor: DIA implemented most recommendations for employee badging, security - Colorado Politics - August 10, 2020

Minority/ Women and/ or Disadvantaged Business Program (Report: June 2020 | Release)
Monitoring of disadvantaged business contracting a problem, Denver auditor finds - Colorado Politics - June 22, 2020

Library Financial Processes (Report: June 2020)
Denver Public Library should strengthen financial oversight, audit finds - Colorado Politics - June 22, 2020

Safety and Security of City Facilities (Report: June 2020 | Release)
Report: Denver isn’t making safety and security of city buildings a priority - Fox 31 - June 22, 2020
Denver's response to facility security unclear, non-compliant, city auditor finds - Colorado Politics - June 23, 2020

City Real Estate Portfolio Practices (Report: May 2020 | Release)
Denver auditor finds record keeping, communication deficiencies at city real estate office - Colorado Politics - May 27, 2020

Open Records (Report: May 2020 | Release)
Denver Auditor finds city’s open records request process lacks transparency - Colorado Politics - June 5, 2020
Auditor finds Denver's response to public records requests lacks accessibility - 9News - May 21, 2020
“The city’s records are really the people of Denver’s records”: Auditor criticizes transparency on open records - Denver Post - May 21, 2020

Marijuana Taxation (Report April 2020 - Release)
Does Easy Legal Cannabis Delivery Exist In Colorado? Yes, But It’s Almost Impossible To Find - CPR News - May 13, 2020
Only 2 marijuana businesses license to deliver in state - Colorado Politics - May 14, 2020
Denver Auditor Explains Why He Called Out CIty's Marijuana Tax Use - Westword - May 1, 2020
Unlicensed Marijuana Delivery's Bold, Bizarre Existence in Denver
- Westword - April 29, 2020
Denver auditor finds litany of deficiencies in city's monitoring of marijuana businesses - Colorado Politics - April 16, 2020
Denver Auditor’s Office Googles illegal marijuana deliveries, finds illegal marijuana deliveries - Denverite - April 16, 2020
Report: Denver marijuana business audits 'ineffective' - Associated Press - April 17, 2019
Denver Auditor says the city is inefficient when it comes to marijuana tax collection - Fox 31 - April 16, 2020

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Grant (Report March 2020 - Release)
Auditor: Denver police should address record-keeping deficiencies in drug trafficking grant - Colorado Politics - March 19, 2020

Board of Ethics and Clerk and Recorder’s Office (Release - February 2020):
"Denver official to face further disciplinary action after board ruled he used position for personal gain" - 9News - February 20, 2020

Denver Labor
"Denver auditor changes wage-recovery procedures during pandemic" - Colorado Politics - April 1, 2020

Minimum Wage
City contractor wages increase in Denver - Colorado Politics - July 1, 2020
City of Denver contract workers get a minimum wage pay increase - KDVR - July 1, 2020
Denver auditor to hold information session on minimum wage - Colorado Politics - February 25, 2020
Denver auditor commences authority to investigate, fine minimum wage violators - Colorado Politics - January 2, 2020
Colorado's Minimum Wage Increases To $12 Per Hour - CBS 4 - January 1, 2020
Time for a pay raise: Denver's minimum wage increased on New Year's Day - FOX 31 - January 1, 2020 

Other News
What 'Safer-at-Home' life means to Denver city officials - Colorado Politics - May 9, 2020
Denver auditor to join in furlough 
Denver auditor wins excellence award from national association
- Colorado Politics - May 4, 2020
Denver Auditor Plans Audit Of DIA's Great Hall Project - CBS4 - April 29, 2019
Denver auditor finds Wastewater Management strengthened payment oversight - Colorado Politics - April 6, 2020 (Contractor Hiring Follow-up)
Coronavirus in Colorado: Updates from March 18-19, 2020 - Denver Channel 7 - March 21, 2020
Analytics Team helps Denver auditor track every tax dollar - Colorado Politics - January 17, 2020 (Continuous Auditing)

2019

Denver Preschool Program (Report October 2019 - Release)
"Denver Preschool Program Saving Too Much, Spending Too Little, Auditor Says" - Westword - October 18, 2019

DIA Accounts Receivable (Report September 2019 - Release)
Denver auditor accuses DIA leaders of 'resisting' advice on audits, resulting in $1M loss - Denver Business Journal - September 19, 2019
DIA Is Having A Hard Time In Ways Besides The Renovation Project, According To A New Audit - CPR - September 19, 2019

Property Tax Spending for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Report August 2019 - Release)
"
Rocky Mountain Human Services is clear of its old troubles, but transparency questions linger" - The Denver Post - August 15, 2019 (PDF)
"Auditor: Denver Human Services failed to prove it spent tax dollars correctly" - Colorado Politics - August 16, 2019
"City Audit Finds Maligned Service Provider for the Disabled Close to Reform" - Westword - August 16, 2019 (PDF)

Preserving Affordable Housing (Report August 2019 - Release)
"Denver agencies are at odds over how to manage affordable housing" - The Denver Channel - August 16, 2019

Minimum Wage Enforcement (July 2019 - Release)
Denver auditor rebrands wage theft enforcement after council vote - Colorado Politics - November 27, 2019
Final Denver minimum wage proposal released - Colorado Politics - November 4, 2019
Denver's minimum wage hike heads to final vote, but not without a few more changes - Colorado Politics - November 12, 2019
Denver auditor to hold information session on minimum wage - Colorado Politics - February 25, 2020
Denver auditor takes charge of enforcing new minimum wage requirements - Colorado Politics - July 1, 2019
"Pay increases for city workers start by law today — and Denver’s auditor is watching - Denverite - July 1, 2019
"Denver auditor takes charge of enforcing new minimum wage requirements" - Colorado Politics - July 1, 2019
"Minimum wage enforcement begins for city employees and contractors" - FOX 31 - July 1, 2019 (PDF)

Contract Procurement Processes (Report June 2019 - Release)
"
Auditor: Denver Must Do More to Disclose Conflicts of Interest With Contractors" - Colorado Public News - June 20, 2019
"Denver auditor: City bidding practices lack safeguards against political favoritism" - Colorado Politics - June 21, 2019

Auditor Profile
"Executive Voice: How Denver's auditor changed the office into a watchdog for the city" - Denver Business Journal - May 24, 2019
"Surely you know what Denver’s auditor does. This explainer is just in case you don’t." - Denverite - April 4, 2019 (PDF)

Homeless Services (Report Apr 18 - Release)
"Denver purchasing Salvation Army homeless shelter for $10.5 million" - Colorado Politics - August 23, 2019
"Denver's Newly Rebranded Department of Housing Stability in the Works" - Westword - August 6, 2019
"Eleven Big Challenges Hancock Will Face in His Third Term" - Westword - June 10, 2019 (PDF)
"Progress report on new Department of Housing and Homelessness" - 9News - June 12, 2019
"Denver auditor calls homelessness programs fragmented, understaffed" - Colorado Politics - April 18, 2019
"Auditor finds Denver homelessness strategy is “fragmented and understaffed”" - Denver Post - April 18, 2019
"Denver announces a housing and homelessness department — kind of" - Denverite - April 18, 2019 (PDF)
"Denver's approach to homelessness lacks strategic plan, audit finds" - 9News - April 18, 2019
"City Audit Faults Denver’s “Fragmented” Approach to Homelessness" - Westword - April 19, 2019 (PDF)

Workday User Access Controls (Report April 18 | Follow-up report)
Denver implemented policies to better control software access, auditor finds - Colorado Politics - June 5, 2020
"Denver Auditor cites need for better oversight of software program for city personnel" - Colorado Politics - April 25, 2019

Jail Safety (Report Mar 21 - Release)
"Denver’s auditor isn’t happy with the way the Denver Sheriff Department is handling safety at its jails" - Denverite - Mar. 21, 2019 (PDF)
Auditor’s office: Safety approaches by the Denver Sheriff Department ‘fragmented and inconsistent‘” – 9News – Mar. 21, 2019
Auditor, Sheriff’s Department Disagree on Handcuffing Best Practices” – Westword – Mar. 22, 2019 (PDF)
Auditor found issues in Denver jails that could compromise safety” – The Denver Channel – Mar. 22, 2019

Westin Hotel Revenue (Report Feb 21 - Release Feb 21 - Release July 8)
"Lawyers propose contract revision in Denver auditor, DIA hotel dispute" - Colorado Politics - August 29, 2019
"Denver Auditor Asks City To Sue DIA Airport Hotel Operator" - CPR - July 9, 2019
"Denver auditor asks city to take action against airport Westin hotel for withholding records" - Denver Post - July 8, 2019
Westin hotel at DIA evaded Denver officials’ attempts to dig into its operations and finances, audit says” – Denver Post – Feb. 21, 2019 (Front page PDF, article PDF)
Denver Auditor: Marriott Stood In The Way Of DIA Hotel Financial Audit” – CPR – Feb. 21, 2019
Marriott International blocking requests for DIA hotel info, Denver auditor says” – Denver Business Journal – Feb. 21, 2019
"Auditor's office: Marriott International blocking requests for DIA hotel info" - 9News - Feb. 21, 2019

Other news
DIA finances and cannabis taxation among Denver's proposed audits for 2020 - 9News - October 22, 2019 (2020 Audit Plan)
DIA advances $3.8M contracts for oil and gas well maintenance - Colorado Politics - October 17, 2019
Should Denver’s auditor have to be a CPA? - Colorado Independent - September 5, 2019
"Denver auditor wants holders of the title to be CPAs as well" - Colorado Politics - August 30, 2019
"Turns out you don’t have to be a licensed accountant to audit Denver’s finances, but that might change" - Denverite - September 3, 2019
"Friday Footnotes: CPA or Nothing; PwC Snitched?; When the Cloud Goes Down | 8.30.19" - Going Concern - August 30, 2019 (PDF)
"Denver's ethics director asks for audit before upcoming retirement" - Colorado Politics - August 20, 2019
"As Michael Henry retires, the longtime Denver ethics leader has some parting words for a government with gaps" - Denverite - August 19, 2019 (PDF)
"Denver auditor faults 2 city agencies for not making changes as agreed" - Colorado Politics - July 18, 2019
"Inauguration: City Celebrates "OneDenver," Dissenters Say Not Yet" - Westword - July  15, 2019 (PDF)
"Denver's Mayor Hancock, new council members sworn in" - Colorado Politics - July 15, 2019
"Watchdog says Mayor Hancock isn’t following through on recommendations" - North Denver News - June 24, 2019 (PDF)
"Denver's Government Is Growing — Some Parts of It Faster Than Others" - Westword - April 30, 2019 (PDF)
"Mike Licht, former Denver auditor and mayoral candidate, dies at 87" - Denver Post - March 29, 2019 (PDF)

2018

Affordable Housing (Report Dec 2018 | Follow-up Report | Release)
Denver auditor finds improvements, lingering miscalculations in affordable housing agency - Colorado Politics - June 4, 2020
Audit finds serious errors in city's affordable housing program - 9News (PDF)
Denver’s auditor is questioning whether its Office of Economic Development is doing its job on affordable housing - Denverite (PDF)
Denver staff will personally attend hundreds of home closings to fix city’s affordable housing mess - Denver Post (PDF)
City audit finds several “serious” problems with Denver affordable housing program - Colorado Independent (PDF)
Calderon challenges weaknesses in Denver affordable housing strategy in Christmas Eve tweet storm - North Denver News (PDF)

Department of Parks and Recreation - Pahaska Teepee (Report August 2018 - Release)
Denver Auditor’s office finds issue with two concessionaires, also questions parks department oversight - Denver Post - Aug 16, 2018 (PDF)

Denver Botanic Gardens (Report July 2018 - Release)
"Auditor calls on Denver Botanic Gardens to improve safety, security" - Denver Channel 7 - July 19, 2018 (PDF)

Debt Management (Report May 2018 - Follow-up Report Release)
Denver auditor finds some progress, some outstanding risks on debt management - Colorado Politics - January 10, 2020

Capital Assets Audit (Report Apr. 2018 - Release)
Denver auditor finds capital asset tracking, fund reporting rules lacking - Colorado Politics - March 9, 2020
"Hundreds of Denver assets could be missing due to inaccurate books, audit finds" - Colorado Politics - April 23, 2018 (PDF)
"City of Denver missing millions in assets, suggests auditor"  - North Denver News - April 19, 2018

Peer Review (2018 Review)
"Denver's auditor's office passes with flying colors in peer review" - Colorado Politics - March 27, 2018 (PDF)

Denver International Airport Oil and Gas (Report Mar. 2018 - Release)
DIA improves oil-well oversight but needs to boost parking revenue, Denver auditor says - Denver Business Journal - November 13, 2019
"Why Denver Has to Spend Millions on Oil Wells That Don’t Produce a Drop" - Westword - October 17, 2019
"DIA advances $3.8M contracts for oil and gas well maintenance" - Colorado Politics - October 17, 2019
"Nearly a third of Denver airport's oil and gas wells are not losing money, an audit says. Should they be plugged?" - Denver Post - March 15, 2018
"DIA's oil and gas wells not big money makers, audit finds" - Denver Business Journal - March 15, 2018 (PDF)
"DIA is operating oil and gas wells at a big loss" - Colorado Politics - March 20, 2018 (PDF)

Denver Elections Evaluation (Report Feb. 2018- Release)
"Audit: Checks in place to ensure accuracy of Denver elections" - Colorado Politics - Feb. 22, 2018 (PDF)

Denver International Airport Parking Revenue (Report Feb. 2018 - Release)
"Denver does not track Uber and Lyft rides, opening risk, Denver auditor warns" - Denver Post - February 15, 2018
"DIA Could Be Missing Out on Uber, Lyft Revenue" - CBS 4 Denver - February 15, 2018 (PDF)
"Hail, no: Denver auditor wants DIA to ride hard on Uber and Lyft reports" - Denver Business Journal and 9News - February 15, 2018 (PDF)

Airline Agreements Follow-up (Report Nov. 2016 - Follow-up Report Feb. 2018 - Release)
"Denver Auditor: DIA needs to improve on accurately collecting fees from airlines" - Colorado Politics - Feb. 5, 2018 (PDF)

Denver Jails Operations Follow-up  (Follow-up Report Dec. 2016 - Release - Report Mar. 2015)
"
Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman expected to resign in coming weeks" - Denver 7 - Sept. 06, 2019
"Slow inmate processing at Denver jails leaves inmates, sheriff's deputies vulnerable, city auditor finds"- Colorado Politics - 1/22/18 (PDF)
"Denver auditor finds DSD has made significant changes, but inmate and deputy safety still an issue" - Denver 7 - 1/18/17 (PDF)
"Denver auditor says sheriff could do more to reduce violence in downtown jail" - Denver Post - 1/22/18 (PDF)
"Ensuring Accountability, Safety, and Security in a Large Urban Jail" - ALGA - Association of Local Government Audtiors - Fall 2018 (PDF)

Short Term Rental Audit 
“Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals” – Denver Post – 01/04/2018

2017

Short-Term Rental Audit (Report Dec. 2017 - Release)
Airbnb owners in Denver surrendering licenses to avoid felony charges - Colorado Politics - Sept. 4, 2019
For the first time, Denver revokes short-term rental license on home listed as 'hotel' - 9News - Mar. 21, 2019
Airbnb to take over Denver lodging tax collections from hosts starting April 1 - Denver Post - Mar. 16, 2018 - PDF
"Audit Sees Room for Improvement in Denver's Short-Term Rental Program" - Westword - Dec. 22, 2017
"Audit reveals flaws in Denver's short-term rental system" - Denver Business Journal - Dec. 22, 2017
"Denver's Short-Term Rental Enforcement Needs Tweaking, Auditor Says" - Colorado Public Radio - Dec. 21, 2017
"Lodger's tax collected on Denver short-term rentals nears $2 million" - Denver Post - Dec. 21, 2017
"Denver Auditor says should do more to enforce short-term rental rules" - 9News - Dec. 21, 2017

Continuity of Operations Audit (Report Dec. 2017 - Release)
"Denver's not ready for a disaster, says city auditor" - Denver Business Journal - Dec. 18, 2017
"Audit finds Denver unprepared to continue essential services after disaster" - Denver Post - Dec. 17, 2017
"Denver might not be adequately prepared for a disaster, audit shows" - Denver Channel 7 - Dec. 14, 2017

Office of Marijuana Policy: Follow-up Report  (Follow-up Report Dec. 2017 - Release - Report Oct. 2016 - Release)
"Denver Auditor: Marijuana Policy Office Needs More Transparency" - Westword - Dec. 8, 2017
"Auditor finds Denver could do more to ensure marijuana tax revenue goes to right places" - Denverite - Dec. 8, 2017
"Denver marijuana regulators' oversight improved, but still lacking tax transparency, auditor says" - The Cannabist - Dec. 7, 2017

Child Welfare Services (Report Oct. 2017 - Release)
"
Denver can’t find background checks for child welfare caseworkers, auditor finds" - Denverite - Oct. 19, 2017
"More than half of Denver child-welfare workers couldn't prove they passed background checks, audit finds" - Denver Post - October 20, 2017
"DHS acknowledges problems with background checks for child welfare caseworkers" - 9News - October 20, 2017
"Denver can't find background checks for child welfare caseworkers, auditor finds" - Denverite - October 20, 2017
"Denver child-welfare caseworkers couldn’t produce background checks during audit" - Colorado Politics - October 24, 2017

Community Planning and Development - Building Permits (Report Aug. 2017 - Release)
"Need a building permit in Denver? Auditor says you can expect to wait — too long" - The Denver Post - August 17, 2017
"Denver auditor finds builders are waiting a long time to get permits" - Denverite - August 17, 2017
"Denver auditor criticizes delays in city building permitting" - Denver Business Journal - August 17, 2017
"Denver looking for permanent permit solution" - 9News - August 17, 2017
"Audit: Denver city Planning Running Amok" - Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle - September, 2017

Airside Construction
"Audit: DIA's failure to review pavement specs led to cracking, costing extra $2.9 million" - Denver Post - July 20, 2017

Personally Identifiable Information in Salesforce
"Denver auditor finds possible security issues with city's 311 system" - Denver Business Journal - July 20, 2017
"Social Security numbers were showing up in 311 database, Denver auditor finds" - Denverite - July 20, 2017

Denver Police Department - Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety Model (Report Jun 2017 - Release)
"Denver auditor, police department disagree over whether officers working to end racial profiling" - Denver Channel 7 - September 28, 2017 (PDF)
"Denver auditor, police department disagree over whether officers working to end racial profiling" - The Denver Post - September 28, 2017 (PDF)
"Denver police will collect more information on race and gender during stops" - Denverite - September 28, 2017 (PDF)
"Denver auditor, police disagree on anti-bias implementation" - Seattle Times - September 28, 2017 (PDF)
"Denver auditor, police disagree on anti-bias implementation" - US News - September 28, 2017 (PDF)

Denver Zoo Cooperative Agreement (Report Jan. 2017  Follow-up Report May 2018)
Our News:
Zoo Stonewalls Denver Auditor - Apr. 2016
Zoo Agrees To Unrestricted Audit - Apr. 2016
Denver Zoo Agrees To Improve Compliance and Governance in Response to Audit - Jan. 2017
Zoo Makes Improvements After Audit - May 2018

Media Coverage: 
Read Auditor O’Brien’s letter to Mayor Hancock.  The “Cooperative Agreement” between the City and the Zoo is available here.
Denver Post Editorial on necessity of Zoo compliance April 6, 2016
Channel 7 on Zoo’s obstruction April 4, 2016
Denver Post on Zoo’s stonewalling April 5, 2016
Colorado Independent on Zoo stonewalling and SCFD renewal April 4, 2016
Denver Business Journal on Zoo’s obstruction April 5, 2016
Channel 9 on “What is the Zoo trying to Hide?” April 5, 2016
Letter to the Editor questioning SCFD funding level April 9, 2016
Denver Zoo, busting at the seams and back in the city's good graces, retools for the future - Denver Post - May 2018 (PDF)

2016

Medical Marijuana Taxation (Follow-up Jun 2016)
"$1.1 million recovered through medical marijuana audits" - The Colorado Statesman - Sept. 29, 2016 (pg 4)

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