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Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings

Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings

The Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (Office) was established in 1995 to ensure that the public receives fair and independent administrative hearings. The Office has implemented several controls to help ensure that it provides fair, independent, and timely hearings, but it should implement statutorily required training programs, enhance its policies and procedures for ensuring fair and independent hearings, and better comply with statutory hearing time frame requirements. Additionally, the Office’s method for calculating the rates for its services results in inequitable agency charges, and the Office has further inflated these rates to make up for a shortfall in its State General Fund appropriation. To address these issues, the Office should implement a cost-based rate-setting method to develop consistent rates to charge all agencies for its services, and work with the Legislature to address its State General Fund appropriation shortfall.

 

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Window Rock Unified School District

Window Rock Unified School District

In fiscal year 2011, Window Rock Unified School District’s student achievement was similar to peer districts’ averages overall, but the District operated inefficiently with much higher costs in most operational areas. The District’s per pupil administrative costs were much higher than peer districts’, and it lacked adequate controls over its vehicles, purchasing, cash handling, and computer systems. The District’s plant operations costs were also much higher than peer districts’ because the District maintained substantially more building space per student, which was likely not needed because Window Rock USD operated its schools far below their designed capacities. The District’s food service costs were higher than peer districts’ primarily because the District had high food supply costs, likely from not taking advantage of available federal food commodities. This resulted in the District having to subsidize the program with more than $108,000. Lastly, the District’s spending has shifted away from the classroom.

 

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Request for Proposals to to Examine the Current Child Safety System and to Consult on the Effective Establishment of the New Department of Child Safety

Request for Proposals to Examine the Current Child Safety System and to Consult on the Effective Establishment of the New Department of Child Safety

The Office of the Auditor General (Office) for the State of Arizona is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to 1) examine Arizona’s current child safety system and consider best practices to improve the delivery of services in this state and 2) provide consultation on the effective establishment of the new Department of Child Safety with a focus on implementation challenges. A report must be completed no later than July 1, 2015. The maximum amount of the contract is $250,000. Note: This is a revised version of the RFP released by the Office in July 2014. The work statement tasks remain the same, however the RFP has been re-issued in consideration of the following: 1) The Cost Proposal Form inadvertently omitted Work Tasks C6 and C7; and 2) Attachments A and B in the RFP were incorrectly labeled. Sealed proposals will be received until 5:00 P.M., Mountain Standard Time, on September 12, 2014.

 

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Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

The Office of the Auditor General (Office) for the State of Arizona is requesting proposals from qualified persons or firms to conduct performance audit work as part of the Office’s performance audits and sunset reviews of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). The work to be performed includes a review of each agency’s investment strategies, alternative asset investment procedures, and fees paid to external investment managers. The Office’s audits must be completed no later than October 1, 2015. Note: This is a revised version of the RFP released by the Office in June 2014. The work statement tasks remain the same, however offerors may bid on one or more tasks for one or both agencies. In addition, the independence requirements are less restrictive. Sealed proposals will be received until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on September 24, 2014.

 

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Phoenix Convention Center—Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis

Phoenix Convention Center—Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis

As a result of the Phoenix Convention Center’s construction and operation, the State of Arizona General Fund has received approximately $97.9 million in tax revenues. This amount is $56.8 million greater than the $41.1 million the State has distributed to the City of Phoenix to pay off the debt issued to construct the Convention Center. In the future, between 180,000 and 200,000 visitors per year will need to attend regional and national conventions and trade shows at the Convention Center to generate tax revenues in excess of distributions from the State to the City.

 

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Fraud Prevention Alert—Falsifying Public Records

Fraud Prevention Alert—Falsifying Public Records

Public officials with oversight authority have a responsibility to ensure public records are protected, genuine, and true. In particular, to help ensure the appropriate use of public monies, officials should ensure that public records supporting financial transactions, such as invoices, cash receipts, and bank reconciliations, accurately represent facts and have not been falsified or otherwise altered. This alert outlines how public officials can help protect public records by exercising appropriate oversight, and establishing and enforcing policies that incorporate fundamental controls.

 

 

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9-11-14:

Addition of Questions and Answers for the Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

 

9-08-14:

Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings Performance Audit Report

 

9-05-14:

Addition of Questions and Answers for the Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

Window Rock USD Performance Audit Report

 

9-04-14:

Addition of Questions and Answers for the Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

Addition of Revised Request for Proposals to Examine the Current Child Safety System and to Consult on the Effective Establishment of the New Department of Child Safety

Ash Creek Elementary 18-Month Performance Audit Followup

 

9-03-14:

AHCCCS—Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Prevention, Detection, Investigation, and Recovery Processes 24-Month Performance Audit Followup

 

8-27-14:

Coconino County June 30, 2013, ELR

 

8-26-14:

Addition of Questions and Answers for the Request for Proposals to Examine the Current Child Safety System and to Consult on the Effective Establishment of the New Department of Child Safety

 

8-21-14:

Clifton USD 6-Month Performance Audit Followup

Request for Proposals to Conduct Performance Audit Work of the Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

 

8-19-14:

Pearce Elementary 6-Month Performance Audit Followup

 

8-15-14:

USFR Memo 262 – FY 2014 School District AFR

USFRCS Memo 99 – FY 2014 Charter School AFR

Yucca ESD 90-Day Letter

 

8-11-14:

Review of Selected Practices for Information Technology Procurement Initial Performance Audit Followup

 

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