The city fully implemented nine recommendations made in the original audit report. The Mayor’s Office worked with other responsible city agencies to develop a strategic plan for ensuring safety and security of city facilities and to define roles and responsibilities. Additionally, the city updated two of three relevant executive orders and it has better processes to educate staff on evacuation and drill procedures.
The 14 recommendations the city did not fully implement present several lingering risks. Among them:
February 2, 2023
In keeping with generally accepted government auditing standards and Auditor’s Office policy, as authorized by city ordinance, we have 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.
After following up on the “Safety and Security of City Facilities” audit report issued in June 2020, we determined the city fully implemented only nine of the 23 recommendations it agreed to. The other 14 are either partially or not implemented.
During the original audit, we found the city had not sufficiently prioritized city facility safety and security and that some existing initiatives were inadequate. For example, we found the city lacked a formal approach to performing and evaluating vulnerability assessments and it was not adequately educating employees on evacuation and drill procedures. We also found the city was not always receiving security services in line with the city’s contract or leading practices.
Based on our follow-up work, we determined the city did not fully address all the risks associated with our initial findings. Consequently, we may revisit these risk areas in future audits to ensure the city takes appropriate corrective action.
We appreciate the leaders and team members in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of General Services, the Department of Finance, the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Department of Public Safety, and the Office of Human Resources who shared their time and knowledge with us throughout the audit and the follow-up process. Please contact me at 720-913-5000 with any questions.
Denver Auditor's Office
Timothy O'Brien, CPA
AUDITOR TIMOTHY O'BRIEN, CPA
Denver Auditor´s Office