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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RubinBrown Certified Accountants & Business Consultants presented audits of the City’s processes to obtain, store and dispose of personally identifiable information (PII), and conduct fee studies at the Sept. 12 Finance and Administration Committee meeting.
The audits are part of a three-year audit plan approved by City Council in 2014. All City of Springfield audits can be viewed at springfieldmo.gov/opendata.
Based on RubinBrown’s review, the City has adequate internal controls for PII and fee studies, but identified a few process-improvement opportunities for each.
The audit was completed in November 2017 and included policies and procedures in place from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Process Improvement Opportunities
RubinBrown noted the following process improvement opportunities during its review. The observations are not considered internal control weaknesses; however, the firm recommends City management consider each observation and take action where appropriate.
To ensure the City of Springfield does not violate the Hancock Amendment, the Finance Department executes an annual fee study analysis. This analysis is presented to City Council each year prior to the fees being approved.
The audit was complete in February and covers transactions from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.
RubinBrown noted the following process improvement opportunities related to system improvements, fee naming conventions and reporting methodology during its review.
Zone 3 Councilman Mike Schilling is the chair of City Council's Finance and Administration Committee, which reviewed the audits.
“Internal audits provide important information to the City’s leadership team, as well as accountability to the taxpayers,” Schilling said. The other members of the committee are general councilmen Craig Hosmer and Richard Ollis and Zone 4 Councilman Matthew Simpson.
For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org.