Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business Program Follow-up
The Division of Small Business Opportunity fully implemented six recommendations made in the original audit report, but 17 others have yet to be fully implemented or acted upon.
Most of the 23 recommendations directed the division to develop policies or procedures to improve internal controls. In many instances, division staff developed these policies and procedures, but in some, they did not. We frequently found the documents lacked important provisions. Without sufficient policies and procedures, employees cannot effectively do their jobs, which may result in poor outcomes for the Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business Program..
Additionally, the original report found staffing levels in the Division of Small Business Opportunity may be too low for the division to effectively monitor contracts. While we found in our follow-up that the division did evaluate staffing needs and tried to increase the number of staff, staffing levels are lower now than during the audit because of factors beyond the agency’s control.
Once the division is able to increase its staffing levels, we believe some issues from the original report will be resolved. However, to make the full improvements called for in the report, the division still needs to develop strong, detailed policies and procedures to enable employees to adequately perform their jobs.
November 4, 2021
In keeping with generally accepted government auditing standards and Auditor’s Office policy, as authorized by city ordinance, the Audit Services Division has a responsibility to monitor and follow up on audit recommendations to ensure city agencies address audit findings through appropriate corrective action and to aid us in planning future audits.
In our follow-up effort for the “Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business Program” audit report completed by BerryDunn and issued in June 2020, we determined the Division of Small Business Opportunity did not implement most of the recommendations it agreed to in the original audit report. Despite the division’s efforts, auditors determined the risks associated with the audit team’s initial findings have not been fully mitigated. As a result, the Audit Services Division may revisit these risk areas in future audits to ensure the city takes appropriate corrective action.
The Highlights page in this report provides background and summary information about the original audit and the completed follow-up effort. Following the Highlights page is a detailed implementation status update for each recommendation.
I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the personnel in the Division of Small Business Opportunity who assisted us throughout the audit and the follow-up process. For any questions, please feel free to contact me at 720-913-5000.
I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the personnel in the Real Estate Division who assisted us throughout the audit and the follow-up process. For any questions, please feel free to contact me at 720-913-5000.
Timothy O'Brien, CPA
AUDITOR TIMOTHY O'BRIEN, CPA
Denver Auditor´s Office
201 W. Colfax Ave. #705 Denver, CO 80202
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