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‘Denver Labor’ in the Auditor’s Office Will Help Employers, Employees Navigate New Minimum Wage

DENVER – Doing business in Denver is going to look different in 2020, and Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, and his office are ready to help both employers and employees get used to the city’s new minimum wage ordinance. “The new minimum wage is going to impact...

Audit Verifies City’s Calculations for Pension Plan

DENVER – The city is accurately calculating what it will take to fully fund its pension plan in 20 years, according to an audit from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, and a hired independent actuary. Auditor O’Brien contracted with Bolton Partners Inc. to review...

Company Operating Buffalo Bill Museum Gift Shop Fails to Implement Audit Recommendations — Again

DENVER – The operator of the gift shop and café at the Buffalo Bill Museum failed to implement audit recommendations to improve its cash registers and accounting system — despite the city signing a new contract with the vendor, according to a follow-up report out this...

Denver Improves Building Permitting Process with Better Organization, New Systems

DENVER – Denver has made significant progress in speeding up and organizing the building permitting process, as well as working to ensure customer satisfaction, according to a new follow-up report out this month from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. “The...

Denver Airport Improves Management of Oil and Gas Wells, Still Has Work to Do on Parking

DENVER – Denver International Airport has made significant progress after two assessments conducted last year, but airport leaders still have work to do to ensure sound financial management for one of its largest sources of revenue, according to two follow-up reports...

Auditor Recommends More Accurate Recording of State Payments for Property Tax Deductions

DENVER – Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, recommends the city adopt a more accurate and transparent way to account for state funds the city passes on to Denver Public Schools and other government entities, an accounting adjustment that would set an example in...

Auditor Announces Substantive, Impactful Plans for Upcoming Year

DENVER – Accountability, transparency, financial assessments, and social services are all priorities for upcoming audits, according to the 2020 Audit Plan released today from Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA. According to the Denver Charter, the Auditor must...


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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