REPORT DIGEST

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHCARE AND FAMILY SERVICES -

LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSURANCE RESERVE FUND

 

FINANCIAL AUDIT

For the Year Ended: June 30, 2009

 

Summary of Findings:

Total this audit:1

Total last audit:1

 

Release Date: May 11, 2010

State of Illinois

Office of the Auditor General

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND

AUDITOR GENERAL

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This digest covers the financial audit of the Local Government Health Insurance Reserve Fund for the year ended June 30, 2009.The financial audit report includes one significant deficiency in internal control finding.

 

 

FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARATION

 

The Departmentís year-end financial reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to the Illinois Office of the Comptroller (Comptroller) was not completed timely for the Local Government Health Insurance Reserve Fund (Fund).

 

During our audit of the June 30, 2009 Fundís GAAP Reporting Package, we noted the GAAP Reporting Package was not submitted to the Comptroller in a timely manner.The GAAP Reporting Package was submitted to the Comptroller 12 days late.In addition, the Comptroller submitted to the Department review comments for the GAAP Reporting Package on September 28, 2009; however, the Department did not provide a response to those review comments until October 23, 2009.Further, the Fundís financial statements were not provided to the auditors until December 8, 2009, five months after the year end.(Finding 1, pages 19-20)

 

We recommended the Department implement additional internal control procedures to ensure GAAP Reporting Packages are prepared in a timely manner.

 

Department officials concurred with our recommendation and stated that they are continually assessing the financial reporting process and implementing procedures to improve upon timeliness and accuracy.As an ongoing effort the Department continues to strive to meet the mandated deadlines, which resulted in the GAAP Reporting Package being submitted in a more timely manner than in prior years.

 

 

AUDITORSí OPINION

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Our auditors state the financial statements of the Local Government Health Insurance Reserve Fund as of June 30, 2009, are fairly presented in all material respects.

 

 

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, Auditor General

 

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AUDITORS ASSIGNED

 

This audit was performed by the staff of the Office of the Auditor General.