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Denver’s Ethics Board Enforcement Lacks Authority and Gift Reporting Lacks Transparency

DENVER – The city’s Board of Ethics is unable to ensure ethical behavior across agencies, and the city’s gift reporting process lacks transparency, according to a new audit of city ethics rules and enforcement from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “The only way...

Denver Needs Uniform Management of Information Technology

DENVER – The city’s Technology Services agency does not have clear citywide authority to establish uniform policies, which could weaken the city’s approach to cybersecurity and its management of information technology, according to an audit out this month from Denver...

Auditor’s Office Uses Data to Keep Closer Watch on Taxpayers’ Money

DENVER – Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, and the Denver Auditor’s Office is leading the local government auditing industry by using technology to sort through thousands of transactions and focus work on the highest risks in the city. Members of the Audit...

City Creates New Policies to Better Govern Debt Management

DENVER – The City of Denver streamlined and formalized how it manages debt after a 2018 audit, but still could do a better job of handling changes to software used to track debt, according to a new follow-up report out this month from Denver Auditor Timothy M....

Denver Labor Begins Enforcing Minimum Wage for City and County

DENVER – Starting today, workers and employers from anywhere in the City and County of Denver can reach out to Denver Labor in the Denver Auditor’s Office for help with the new minimum wage. “We will use education, outreach, investigations, and accessibility to make...

Costly Computer System Gets Tepid Reviews from City Users

DENVER – The City of Denver spent tens of millions of dollars on a new computer system to manage its finances and personnel, but city employees say they aren’t trained well enough to use parts of it specific to their jobs, and many don’t think it’s exceptionally...

City Agencies Could Do More to Become Better Stewards of Public Resources

DENVER – The city will end the year with mixed results when it comes to fixing problems pointed out in audits issued by the office of Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. The last round of 2019 follow-up reports came out this month, and they show the city did not...

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Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals

“The audit found flaws in how the city is tracking and enforcing the new short-term rental regulations. While we hope those flaws are remedied quickly, we are encouraged by the compliance rates with the new law.”

Denver Post, January 4, 2018

Denver's not ready for a disaster, says city auditor

“If the worst happens and Denver is hit by a disaster, the city’s not prepared to continue to provide services.

That’s according to a report from City Auditor Tim O’Brien, who said the city “is not prepared to continue nonemergency, but mission-essential, services in the event of a disaster.”

Denver Business Journal, December 18, 2017

Auditor finds Denver could do more to ensure marijuana tax revenue goes to right places

“Recommendations from a 2016 audit pointing out ways the city could be more transparent about how pot taxes are being spent have been “partially implemented.” But the 2018 budget for the city does not detail how each Denver agency is using the money generated from legal marijuana sales, the auditor’s office announced Thursday in a follow-up report.”

Denverite, December 8, 2017

2018
Denver Risks Loss and Misuse of Equipment Due to Inadequate Records
“Hundreds of Denver assets could be missing due to inaccurate boks, audit finds” – Colorado Politics – April 23, 2018
“City of Denver missing millions in assets, suggests auditor”  – North Denver News – April 19, 2018

Peer Review
“Denver’s auditor’s office passes with flying colors in peer review” – Colorado Politics – March 27, 2018

Denver International Airport Oil and Gas Report
“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
“DIA is operating oil and gas wells at a big loss” – Colorado Politics – March 20, 2018

Denver Elections Evaluation
“Audit: Checks in place to ensure accuracy of Denver elections” – Colorado Politics – Feb. 22, 2018

Denver International Airport Parking Revenue
“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
“Hail, no: Denver auditor wants DIA to ride hard on Uber and Lyft reports” – Denver Business Journal and 9News – February 15, 2018

Airline Agreements Follow-up
“Denver Auditor: DIA needs to improve on accurately collecting fees from airlines” – Colorado Politics – Feb. 5, 2018

Denver Jails Operations Follow-up 

“Slow inmate processing at Denver jails leaves inmates, sheriff’s deputies vulnerable, city auditor finds”- Colorado Politics – 1/22/18
“Denver auditor finds DSD has made significant changes, but inmate and deputy safety still an issue” – Denver 7 – 1/18/17
“Denver auditor says sheriff could do more to reduce violence in downtown jail” – Denver Post – 1/22/18

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

2017
Short-Term Rental Audit
“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
“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
“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

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