Audits Division

Air pollution audit

DEQ permit and inspection backlog endangers air quality, audit finds (Statesman Journal, 1/3/18)

Auditors: DEQ backlogs ‘endanger state’s air quality and health’ (Portland Tribune, 1/3/18)

Human Health Put At Risk In Oregon By Air Pollution Permit Backlog: Audit (OPB, 1/3/18)

State audit targets DEQ’s air quality permit backlog (KTVZ, 1/3/18)

Audit: Oregon regulators face ‘unmanageable workload,’ potentially harming air quality (Oregonian, 1/3/18)

Department of Environmental Quality Should Improve the Air Quality Permitting Process to Reduce Its Backlog and Better Safeguard Oregon’s Air [PDF] (2018) Audits Division, Secretary of State

Alternative and online school audit

Dropout rates at Oregon’s alternative high schools cry out for better oversight, audit says (Oregonian, 12/20/2017)

Auditors seek accountability, oversight of Oregon’s alternative and online schools (Statesman Journal, 12/20/2017)

Stronger accountability, oversight, and support would improve results for academically at-risk students in alternative and online education (2017) Oregon Secretary of States, Audits Division

Graduation Rate Audit

Audit critical of ODE’s efforts to boost graduation (Portland Tribune, 12/19/2017)

Oregon needs to do more for mobile, middle school and low-income students, audit says (Statesman Journal, 12/19/2017)

Audit: Oregon needs to step up efforts to boost graduation rates (KTVZ, 12/20/2017)

Oregon Department of Education should take further steps to help districts and high schools increase Oregon’s graduation rate (2017) Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division

Higher Education Coordinating Commission audit

Audit: Higher education agency struggles to follow state contracting rules (Oregonian, 12/13/2017)

Higher Education Coordinating Commission failed to follow Oregon law (Statesman Journal, 12/13/2017)

Higher Education Coordinating Commission needs to address weaknesses in procurement practices (2017) Oregon Secretary of State, Audits Division

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Oregon teacher licensing agency gets new director; prior one left in a hurry (Oregonian, 12/13/17)

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission : better oversight and more productive work environment could improve service to educators [PDF] (2016) Oregon Secretary of State, Audits Division

Health Authority Medicaid audit

Audit says Oregon Health Authority wasted $88M (Bend Bulletin, 11/29/17)

Audit details misspent millions at Oregon Health Authority, recommends immediate changes (Statesman Journal, 11/29/17)

Oregon Health Authority Misspent Millions, State Audit Finds (OPB, 11/29/17)

Audit faults OHA’s inability to detect improper payments (Portland Tribune, 11/29/17)

Oregon Health Authority should improve efforts to detect and prevent improper Medicaid payments [PDF] (2017) Oregon Audits Division

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