Audit Commission Finds More Issues In City Finance Department

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The city’s internal audit commission has trained its eye on Hartford’s finance department, reporting on problems and disorganization in the office.

A review of the city finance department’s revenue management unit found last month that policies and procedures need improvement, from discrepancies in the amount of revenue budgeted and received to record-keeping for various operations.

Now, it seems, there are issues with the payroll unit. See below, from the auditors’ report:

“In general, we found that actions had not been taken by Finance Department management to follow-up on and address most of the findings and recommendations in our City of Hartford Finance Department Payroll Accounts and Operations Audit Report 1202. This included, but was not limited to, not following-up on and recovering various actual and potential overpayments as noted in the details that follow. We also noted additional problems that developed and occurred after our last audit. This included not completing and filing state and federal 941 quarterly reports for the five quarters ended December 31, 2012 and state and federal 945 annual reports for the two calendar years ended December 31, 2012. Not filing federal and state tax forms as required can result in substantial fines and penalties.

We also noted and were informed by various sources that a number of processing errors, overpayments and other problems occurred during the period from September 2012 through March 2013 when the Payroll Unit was being managed by an Acting Supervising Payroll Manager. During the course of our review, we noted that the newly hired Supervising Payroll Manager has taken action to improve the Payroll Unit and its operations while working to develop, document and implement policies, procedures and controls.”

Read the full report here: HartfordFinanceDepartmentPayrollAudit

We’ll have more on this tomorrow.

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