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Wastewater Management Doing More to Monitor Construction Costs

DENVER – Denver’s Wastewater Management Division is doing more to ensure taxpayers get what they paid for on the division’s construction projects, according to a follow-up report out today from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “I am pleased to see Wastewater...

“Our Vigilance Will Not Change”: Denver Labor Recovers Wages for Workers

ARE YOU OWED MONEY? CHECK HERE DENVER – Denver Labor will make temporary operational adjustments to get contractors paid for work on Denver projects more quickly and to get money to underpaid workers as fast as possible, Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, said...

Denver Police Largely Managing Grant Funds Successfully but Could Better Observe Policies and Procedures

DENVER – The Denver Police Department is doing a generally good job managing its High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas grant funds, but there are some smaller bookkeeping essentials the department needs to clean up, according to a recent audit from Denver Auditor...

A Message from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, regarding COVID-19

DENVER – As everyone in Colorado does their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), I wanted to share information about how our office is making adjustments to continue serving Denver safely. I have instructed my staff to work from home and...

Audit: City Could Do More to Track and Transparently Report on Inventory and Spending

DENVER – City agencies have improved at tracking assets and special revenues but still could do a better job, according to two new follow-up reports out this month from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “The city needs to keep a close watch on how we are using...

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...


In the news

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

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

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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