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City Needs to Improve Process for Assigning Costs for Shared Services Among Departments

DENVER – City departments account for their direct costs, such as staff, contracts with vendors and the purchase of equipment and supplies.  In addition, they also account for indirect costs,   such as occupying space in city buildings and using central...

Auditor O’Brien’s New Website Simpler and More Transparent for Taxpayers

DENVER – You might’ve noticed — we look a little different. Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien is pleased to share a new website for the Auditor’s Office with a new, more user-friendly design. You can now find us at denverauditor.org — or go to our old URL...

Auditor O’Brien Recognizes Fire Department for Making Improvements in Growth and Long-Term Planning

DENVER – Denver’s fire department has made significant improvement in analyzing the necessary resources to respond to the city’s rapid growth and in making long-term plans for risk management, according to today’s follow-up report from Denver Auditor...

Denver Employee Compensation and Benefits Needs Regular, Independent Reviews

The city is not checking to determine if the process to set compensation for more than 13,000 employees is reasonable, according to a May report commissioned by Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA.

Auditor O’Brien Recommends Better Oversight of Bonds and Other City Debt

05/17/18 DENVER – As Denver wraps up projects built with voter-approved bonds and prepares to issue $937 million in new bonds, Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, recommends in a new audit that the city tighten its debt management processes. “Denver has an...

Airport Needs To Do More To Ensure Rental Car Companies Are Paying

May 16, 2018 DENVER – While it has made some progress in collecting money owed, Denver’s airport still has work to do to make sure rental car companies are paying fees accurately, as well as work on updating airport controls and meeting deadlines,...

Auditor O’Brien Wins National Award

May 07, 2018 DENVER –Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien is pleased to accept the Association of Local Auditors’ (ALGA) top honor for journal contributions for the article “Marijuana Policy in Denver.” “Our 2016 audit of the Office of Marijuana Policy broke new...


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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