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News from the Auditor’s Office

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...

Denver Auditor Looks Forward to Next Four Years of Service

Thank you to all of the people of Denver who participated in the 2019 municipal election. This process is an important part of our government and helps ensure our leaders represent the priorities of our residents.

Denver Needs Better Oversight and Controls for User Access in Workday, the Software Application Driving Denver’s Day-to-Day Business

DENVER – After implementing a new software application in 2017 to manage and integrate important day-to-day financial and human resource functions, the city failed to put effective controls and comprehensive oversight in place to ensure its more than...

Audit Finds Denver’s Approach to Homelessness Is Fragmented and Understaffed

DENVER – A lack of a cohesive overall strategy along with unclear authority and understaffing hinders the city’s ability to comprehensively address homelessness or measure the effectiveness of its efforts, according to a new audit from Denver Auditor...

Public Works Should Improve Competitive Bid Process and Ensure Cost Controls

DENVER – The city needs to improve contract competitiveness and enforce formal policies during the bidding process when working on some on-call contracts, according to an examination commissioned by Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA.“It’s in the best...

Auditor Recognizes Former Auditor Mike Licht’s Life and Service

DENVER – Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, today shared his condolences to the family of former Denver Auditor Mike Licht who passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at age 87 at his home in Boulder.Born in 1931, Licht served as Denver Auditor from 1983...

Denver Public Trustee’s Accounting and Financial Practices Need Improvement

DENVER – The city is not clearly reporting the amount of money passing through the Denver Public Trustee’s office, and the Denver Public Trustee’s accounting, check-handling and foreclosure recordkeeping were among practices that need improvement, a 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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