About Audit Services

The Audit Services Division is the "watchdog" for citizens for Denver, conducting independent performance audits of City agencies, programs, and contracts. Our audits focus on strengthening governance, enhancing efficiency, increasing revenues, reducing costs, and improving the quality of services provided to the citizens of the City and County of Denver. 

Reports

In addition to the Audit Reports, we issue other reports:

Annual Reports - Annual Audit Plan and Annual Audit report are issued.

Audit Alerts  - provide timely identification of potential risk areas.  These alerts function as a rapid threading tool for disseminating key information identified by audit work. Entities identified as “at risk” can then complete a self-assessment and, if applicable, quickly self-correct any related control deficiencies.

Peer Review - Internal review of auditing  . . . . . .conducted every three years. 

Special Advisory Reports - provide information on limited reviews or time-critical assessments, generally at the request of operational management and elected officials.  Special Advisory Reports further City objectives and goals by providing a reporting vehicle that is flexible, quickly issued, and focused on singular issues.

 Reports  Description
 Audit Alerts Provide timely identification of potential risk areas.  These alerts function as a rapid threading tool for disseminating key information identified by audit work. Entities identified as “at risk” can then complete a self-assessment and, if applicable, quickly self-correct any related control deficiencies
Special Advisory Reports  provide information on limited reviews or time-critical assessments, generally at the request of operational management and elected officials.  Special Advisory Reports further City objectives and goals by providing a reporting vehicle that is flexible, quickly issued, and focused on singular issues.

Past Auditors

The first auditor served Denver from 1884 to 1885.  Read the histories of past auditors serving the City and County of Denver.

City Charter

Our authority is granted by the City Charter, Article V, Part 2, Section 1, General Powers and Duties of Auditor.

Significant Changes with Charter Amendments 2006

Amendments to the Charter passed in 2006 improved and streamlined the City’s financial structure and enhanced the independent standing and authority of the Auditor:

  • The City’s accounting and payroll functions transitioned from the Auditor’s Office to the Controller’s Office.
  • Broad audit authority is exercised in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States. These standards establish clear requirements related to the independence of the audit function.

 

Follow Up to Audit Findings

To enhance the impact of the Audit Services Division, City Ordinance requires that audited agencies and departments formally respond to audit findings and recommendations. We conduct follow-up work to verify that corrective actions have been taken to address audit findings.

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