The mission of the State Auditors Office is to serve Delawareans by ensuring accountability in the use of taxpayer dollars through independent assessments of financial operations, performance management, and statutory compliance of state government.
As part of my plan to restore the Office of the Auditor of Accounts to relevancy, I decided to audit the Auditors Office. Why? Because I believe that it is important to bring in outside professionals with the ability to offer their perspective and constructive observations to improve this office for Delaware taxpayers.
So, I contracted with a private firm, Baker Tilly, which has never done business with this office, to bring an independent eye to the Auditors Office. As part of this audit, staff from Baker Tilley reviewed and evaluated past practices, examined the many initiatives I undertook during my first 100 days in office, and looked at other state auditors offices to see how we compare.
Baker Tilly’s report presents observations and gaps on all facets of how the office operated before the start of my administration in January 2019. The report offers 58 recommendations to address gaps, restoring the Auditors Office in areas ranging from office workflow, to professional development, to how bids are scored and much more.