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Audit Follow-Up Reports Show Improvements Across City Agencies

DENVER – The city has become better-prepared to resume normal operations after emergencies. Red Rocks, the Denver Performing Arts Center and the Coliseum have increased oversight of contracts. And the airport improved how it manages construction projects....

Technology Services Working to Improve How It Manages Growing Workload

DENVER – Technology, data and systems project requests and requirements continue to increase significantly at the City of Denver, but there is still room for improvement in how Technology Services keeps up with the volume, according to a new follow-up...

The City is Not Accounting for the Full Cost of Workers’ Compensation Claims

According to an audit released by Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, the city is not reporting up to 10 percent of its workers’ compensation costs (approximately $3 million during the three-year audit period) in the proper fund. Because the actuaries do not have all the cost information, some of the liabilities associated with workers’ compensation are not recorded at all.

Audit Finds Gaps in Purchasing and Payment Processes

DENVER – An audit of the city’s purchasing and payment processes found unauthorized spending and a need for agencies to improve the documentation of payment support and policy exceptions, according to Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “We need to...

Audit Plan: Public Health and Safety, Social Services, Contract Oversight Top Priorities in 2019

DENVER – Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, will make social services, construction and public safety top priorities for the year ahead in the new 2019 Audit Plan. “From dealing with overdoses to jail safety to construction, there are many issues in...

Auditor O’Brien Receives Award for Work on Behalf of People with Disabilities

DENVER – Disability rights advocates this month honored Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien for his work supporting accessibility and services for those with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities in the city. The Colorado Cross-Disability...

Denver Human Services Improves Background Check Process for Child Welfare Services

DENVER – Denver Human Services is doing a better job of documenting appropriate background checks and measuring the impact of its programs after a city audit found flaws in the Child Welfare Division. A follow-up report from Denver Auditor Timothy M....


In the news

Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals

“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, January 4, 2018

Denver's not ready for a disaster, says city auditor

“If the worst happens and Denver is hit by a disaster, the city’s not prepared to continue to provide services.

That’s according to a report from City Auditor Tim O’Brien, who said the city “is not prepared to continue nonemergency, but mission-essential, services in the event of a disaster.”

Denver Business Journal, December 18, 2017

Auditor finds Denver could do more to ensure marijuana tax revenue goes to right places

“Recommendations from a 2016 audit pointing out ways the city could be more transparent about how pot taxes are being spent have been “partially implemented.” But the 2018 budget for the city does not detail how each Denver agency is using the money generated from legal marijuana sales, the auditor’s office announced Thursday in a follow-up report.”

Denverite, December 8, 2017


Denver Risks Loss and Misuse of Equipment Due to Inadequate Records
“Hundreds of Denver assets could be missing due to inaccurate boks, audit finds” – Colorado Politics – April 23, 2018
“City of Denver missing millions in assets, suggests auditor”  – North Denver News – April 19, 2018

Peer 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
“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
“Audit: Checks in place to ensure accuracy of Denver elections” – Colorado Politics – Feb. 22, 2018

Denver International Airport Parking Revenue
“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
“Denver Auditor: DIA needs to improve on accurately collecting fees from airlines” – Colorado Politics – Feb. 5, 2018

Denver Jails Operations Follow-up 

“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

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


Short-Term Rental Audit
“Audit Sees Room for Improvement in Denver’s Short-Term Rental Program” – Westword – Dec. 22, 2017
“Audit reveals flaws in Denver’s short-term rental system” – Denver Business Journal – Dec. 22, 2017
“Denver’s Short-Term Rental Enforcement Needs Tweaking, Auditor Says” – Colorado Public Radio – Dec. 21, 2017
“Lodger’s tax collected on Denver short-term rentals nears $2 million” – Denver Post – Dec. 21, 2017
“Denver Auditor says should do more to enforce short-term rental rules” – 9News – Dec. 21, 2017

Continuity of Operations Audit
“Denver’s not ready for a disaster, says city auditor” – Denver Business Journal – Dec. 18, 2017
“Audit finds Denver unprepared to continue essential services after disaster” – Denver Post – Dec. 17, 2017
“Denver might not be adequately prepared for a disaster, audit shows” – Denver Channel 7 – Dec. 14, 2017

Office of Marijuana Policy: Follow-up Report
“Denver Auditor: Marijuana Policy Office Needs More Transparency” – Westword – Dec. 8, 2017
“Auditor finds Denver could do more to ensure marijuana tax revenue goes to right places” – Denverite – Dec. 8, 2017
“Denver marijuana regulators’ oversight improved, but still lacking tax transparency, auditor says” – The Cannabist – Dec. 7, 2017

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