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Denver audit finds expense cards misused in $2.1 million of city purchases

"The audit found flaws in how the city is tracking and enforcing the new short-term rental regulations. While we hope those flaws are remedied quickly, we are encouraged by the compliance rates with the new law."

Denver Post, October 23, 2018


Denver May Cut Ties With Open Media Foundation

"Back in 2016, Denver Auditor Timothy O’Brien’s office wrote a damning report accusing Denver Media Services of failing to manage public, educational and government access funds properly; ensure in a timely fashion that Comcast, the cable subscriber that helps fund public-access media, paid the correct amount of money owed to the city; document maintenance costs; track equipment purchases; and have a system in place to ensure that the contract with the city is properly managed and followed by Open Media Foundation. The audit is not a hit on Denver Open Media as much as the city department that oversees it."

Westword, October 19, 2018

Auditor calls on Denver Botanic Gardens to improve safety, security

"Specifically, the audit found that there were issues with screening and training volunteers who handle cash and have contact with children. The Gardens cannot prove that it conducted background checks for all volunteers involved in high-risk activities involving children or cash handling at special events like the Blossoms of Light at the York Street location or the Pumpkin Festival at the Chatfield Farms location, according to the document."

The Denver Channel, July 19, 2018


Capital Assets Audit (Report Apr. 2018 - Release)
"Hundreds of Denver assets could be missing due to inaccurate books, audit finds" - Colorado Politics - April 23, 2018
"City of Denver missing millions in assets, suggests auditor"  - North Denver News - April 19, 2018

Peer Review (2018 Review)
"Denver's auditor's office passes with flying colors in peer review" - Colorado Politics - March 27, 2018

Denver International Airport Oil and Gas (Report Mar. 2018 - Release)
"Nearly a third of Denver airport's oil and gas wells are not losing money, an audit says. Should they be plugged?" - Denver Post - March 15, 2018
"DIA's oil and gas wells not big money makers, audit finds" - Denver Business Journal - March 15, 2018
"DIA is operating oil and gas wells at a big loss" - Colorado Politics - March 20, 2018

Denver Elections Evaluation (Report Feb. 2018- Release)
"Audit: Checks in place to ensure accuracy of Denver elections" - Colorado Politics - Feb. 22, 2018

Denver International Airport Parking Revenue (Report Feb. 2018 - Release)
"Denver does not track Uber and Lyft rides, opening risk, Denver auditor warns" - Denver Post - February 15, 2018
"DIA Could Be Missing Out on Uber, Lyft Revenue" - CBS 4 Denver - February 15, 2018
"Hail, no: Denver auditor wants DIA to ride hard on Uber and Lyft reports" - Denver Business Journal and 9News - February 15, 2018

Airline Agreements Follow-up (Report Nov. 2016 - Follow-up Report Feb. 2018 - Release)
"Denver Auditor: DIA needs to improve on accurately collecting fees from airlines" - Colorado Politics - Feb. 5, 2018

Denver Jails Operations Follow-up  (Follow-up Report Dec. 2016 - Release - Report Mar. 2015)

"Slow inmate processing at Denver jails leaves inmates, sheriff's deputies vulnerable, city auditor finds"- Colorado Politics - 1/22/18
"Denver auditor finds DSD has made significant changes, but inmate and deputy safety still an issue" - Denver 7 - 1/18/17
"Denver auditor says sheriff could do more to reduce violence in downtown jail" - Denver Post - 1/22/18
"Ensuring Accountability, Safety, and Security in a Large Urban Jail" - ALGA - Association of Local Government Audtiors - Fall 2018 (PDF)

Short Term Rental Audit 
“Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals” – Denver Post – 01/04/2018


Medical Marijuana Taxation (Follow-up Jun 2016)

"$1.1 million recovered through medical marijuana audits" - The Colorado Statesman - Sept. 29, 2016 (pg 4)

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