REPORT DIGEST

 

REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION #49 - ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

 

FINANCIAL AUDIT
For the Year Ended: June 30, 2009

 

Summary of Findings:

Total this audit:1

Total last audit:6

Repeated from last audit:1

 

Release Date: July 15, 2010

 

State of Illinois, Office of the Auditor General

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, AUDITOR GENERAL

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

ē The Regional Office of Education #49 did not have sufficient internal controls over the financial reporting process.

 

FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

CONTROLS OVER FINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARATION

 

†††††††† The Regional Office of Education #49 is required to maintain a system of controls over the preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).Regional Office internal controls over GAAP financial reporting should include adequately trained personnel with the knowledge and expertise to prepare and/or thoroughly review GAAP based financial statements to ensure that they are free of material misstatements and include all disclosures as required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

 

††††††† The Regional Office of Education #49 did not have sufficient internal controls over the financial reporting process.The Regional Office maintains their accounting records on the cash basis of accounting.While the Regional Office maintains controls over the processing of most accounting transactions, there are not sufficient controls over the preparation of the GAAP based financial statements for management or employees in the normal course of performing their assigned functions to prevent or detect financial statement misstatements and disclosure omissions in a timely manner.

 

††††††† For example, auditors, in their review of the Regional Office accounting records noted that numerous adjustments were required to present financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

 

†††††††† According to Regional Office officials, they did not have adequate funding to hire and/or train their accounting personnel in order to comply with these requirements. (Finding 09-1, pages 13-14) This finding was first reported in 2007.

 

†††††††† The auditors recommended that, as part of its internal control over the preparation of its financial statements, including disclosures, the Regional Office of Education #49 should implement a comprehensive preparation and/or review procedure to ensure that the financial statements, including disclosures, are complete and accurate.Such procedures should be performed by a properly trained individual(s) possessing a thorough understanding of applicable generally accepted accounting principles, GASB pronouncements, and knowledge of the Regional Office of Educationís activities and operations.

 

†††††††† The Regional Office of Education #49 responded that it now has seven positions that have some direct review, contact and oversight of its financial statements.These individuals have and will continue to attend training opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the applicable accounting principles and other areas needed to have a sufficient set of internal controls of financial statement preparation.Continued oversight and opportunities to crosscheck will be investigated. (For previous Regional Office response, see Digest Footnote #1.)

 

AUDITORSí OPINION

 

†††††††† Our auditors state the Regional Office of Education #49ís financial statements as of June 30, 2009 are fairly presented in all material respects.

 

 

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, Auditor General

 

WGH:JRB

 

SPECIAL ASSISTANT AUDITORS

 

†††††††† Our special assistant auditors were Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC.

 

DIGEST FOOTNOTES

 

#1: Controls Over Financial Statement Preparation - Previous Regional Office Response

In its prior response in 2008, the Regional Office of Education #49 responded that it had five positions that have some direct review, contact and oversight of its financial statements.These individuals will attend training opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the applicable accounting principles and other areas needed to have a sufficient set of internal controls of financial statement preparation.