OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
FISCAL OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES
For the Year Ended: June 30, 2011
Release Date: April 26, 2012
Summary of Findings:
Total this audit: 1
Total last audit: 4
Repeated from last audit: 1
State of Illinois, Office of the Auditor General
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, AUDITOR GENERAL
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This digest covers our financial audit and compliance examination of the State of Illinois Office of the Comptroller – Fiscal Officer Responsibilities for the year ended June 30, 2011.
• The State of Illinois Office of the Comptroller (Office) did not make all statutorily mandated transfers from the General Revenue Fund within established timeframes, as required.
FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
LATE PAYMENT OF STATUTORILY MANDATED TRANSFERS
The Office of the Comptroller (IOC) did not make all transfers from the General Revenue Fund within the established timeframes, as required by statute.
The IOC processed transfers from 31 to 454 days after the mandated transfer date for a total of $2.48 billion in FY11. Failure to make inter-fund transfers within applicable timeframes is in noncompliance with State law and might result in delayed use of appropriated funds.
Office officials stated the late payment of transfers occurred because of cash management decisions and prioritization due to the lack of available cash in the State Treasury. Further, some statutory provisions relating to transfers contain language such as “as soon as practicable.” (Finding No. 11-1, page 10-11) This finding was first reported in 2009.
Office officials accepted the recommendation and stated taking into account the financial condition of State funds the Office will continue its efforts to make transfers in the timeliest manner possible.
We conducted a compliance examination of the Comptroller's Fiscal Officer Responsibilities for the year ended June 30, 2011 as required by the Illinois State Auditing Act.
Our auditors stated the fund balances at June 30, 2011, and the revenues and expenditures for the year then ended relating to the State of Illinois, Office of the Comptroller - Fiscal Officer Responsibilities’ Traditional Budgetary Financial Report, are fairly presented in all material respects. The auditors noted the financial statements have been prepared on a comprehensive basis of accounting other than accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
The budgetary basis fund balance of the General Funds increased by $1,586,691,037 during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. At June 30, 2011, the budgetary basis fund balance of the General Funds was a deficit of $4,507,411,953.
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND
SPECIAL ASSISTANT AUDITORS
Sikich LLP were our Special Assistant Auditors for this engagement.
#1 - LATE PAYMENT OF STATUTORILY MANDATED TRANSFERS
2010: Office officials concurred with the recommendation and stated they would continue efforts to make transfers in as timely manner as possible.