Pickett County audit reveals bookkeeping and management issues
An audit released earlier this week by the Comptroller’s office highlights 19 separate areas of concern with accounting, bookkeeping and management practices within Pickett County government.
Those findings are spread across numerous different departments of the county government. Thirteen of the issues were identified in previous audits, but had not been sufficiently addressed by local officials.
These issues included deficiencies in budgeting and purchasing procedures, failure to report unclaimed funds and failure to deposit money collected in a timely fashion. There were also examples of inadequate internal safeguards, such as allowing employees to share computer user names and passwords and failing to adequately separate responsibilities for handling financial transactions.
“I am very concerned with the findings in this audit,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “Failing to follow good fundamental rules about generally-accepted accounting and management practices may seem to some people like a small thing – but those rules can significantly reduce the chances public funds will be wasted, misspent or stolen. I am also disappointed that this audit included so many findings that were identified in previous audits. I hope and expect Pickett County officials to take appropriate action to correct the problems our auditors have identified.”
If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, you may call the Comptroller’s hot line at 1-800-232-5454 or fill out a report online at http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/shared/safwa.asp.
Audit highlights will be printed in next week’s issue of the Press.