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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RubinBrown Certified Public Accountants & Business Consultants presented audits of Springfield Art Museum’s operations, loan programs and grant processing internal controls and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s internal controls for protected health information at the Aug. 21 Finance and Administration Committee meeting. In addition to the audits, RubinBrown provided a document detailing the status of recommendation completion from audits performed from 2015 through February 2018.
All City of Springfield audits can be viewed at springfieldmo.gov/opendata.
The audit was completed in December 2018 and includes transactions from Jan. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2018.
Observations and Recommendations
The audit was completed in March 2019 and includes transactions from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.
Process Improvement Opportunities
RubinBrown noted the following process improvement opportunities during its review. The observations are not considered an internal control weakness; however, the firm recommends City management consider the observations and take action where appropriate.
“We are appreciative of the auditor’s thorough review of our loan program and have already begun drafting the process improvements to assist in staff succession,” said Planning and Development Assistant Director Brendan Griesemer.
The audit was completed in March 2019.
Process Improvement Opportunity
RubinBrown noted the following process improvement opportunity during its review. The observation is not considered an internal control weakness; however, the firm recommends City management consider the observation and take action where appropriate.
“The Springfield-Greene County Health Department takes our responsibility to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality very seriously, which is why we asked for this audit to ensure we are following current best practices. Our staff have already begun to implement these recommendations,” said Director of Health Clay Goddard.
Zone 3 Councilman Mike Schilling is the chair of City Council's Finance and Administration Committee, which reviewed the audits.
“Internal audits provide important information to the City’s leadership team, as well as accountability to the taxpayers,” Schilling said.
The other members of the committee are general councilmen Craig Hosmer and Richard Ollis and Zone 4 Councilman Matthew Simpson.
For more information contact: Melissa Haase, Assistant Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1003 (office) | 417-536-7648 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org.