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Denver Is Not Doing Enough to Hold Rocky Mountain Human Services Financially Accountable in Aiding Residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DENVER – Denver Human Services needs to do more to make sure Denver property tax dollars designated to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are used correctly by Rocky Mountain Human Services, according to a new audit from Denver Auditor...

City Lacks Enforcement and Procedures to Preserve Affordable Homes

DENVER – As Denver works to create a new organization to address housing and homelessness, Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, found weaknesses in how the city is making sure affordable homes stay in the affordable housing program inventory and making sure the...

Follow-Up: Arts & Venues and Parks Slow to Improve After Audits

DENVER – Two more city agencies have failed to follow through with changes after several audit recommendations — continuing a trend of noncompliance, according to two new follow-up reports from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “I see a pattern in our recent...

Westin Continues to Block Auditors’ Access to Necessary Information

DENVER – The Westin hotel at Denver International Airport, which is operated by Marriott International, still has not complied with Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien’s requests for information, more than a year after audit work began. “This has taken long enough,”...

Denver Auditor’s Office Begins Enforcing Minimum Wage for City Employees and Contractors

DENVER – All city employees and some contractors working for the city must now follow Denver’s new minimum wage law, and as of today, Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien and his new Minimum Wage Division will work to enforce the new requirements. “People working for...

City Needs Better Transparency in Contracting to Avoid Political Favoritism and Conflicts of Interest

DENVER – Weaknesses in the city’s contracting process could leave room for political favoritism or contracting errors, according to a new audit from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. Key findings in the audit address the policies and procedures to avoid...

City Agencies Fail to Follow Through on Recommended Changes

DENVER – Two city agencies haven’t fully implemented recommendations made in three separate reports from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA.This month the Auditor’s Office released follow-up reports on our May 2017 Golf Enterprise Fund Management...

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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

2018
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

2017
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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