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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

Our peers approve!

A trio of auditors from Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, and Honolulu conducted a peer review of Audit Services' quality control procedures and concluded they were working appropriately to ensure our audits meet professional standards. This "audit of the auditors" provides assurance to the public that Audit Services is meeting the requirements of Government Auditing Standards.  

Peer reviews typically take up to one week to perform, and the team arrived for duty August 21, just in time for the eclipse. The reviewers selected a sample of audits published from 2014 to 2017 and tested their compliance with internal control policies and procedures. The audits selected were: 

  • Bureau of Technology: Services: City fails to comply with payment card industry standards
  • City Procurement: Contracting process needs Council intervention
  • Arts Tax: Promises to voters only partially fulfilled
  • Presidential Campaign Visits: The City should follow policy and charge for services
  • 2016 Community Survey: Portlanders’ rating of city livability drops to new low
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Coordination gaps complicate City response
  • City Risk: City loss prevention needs a proactive approach

Thanks to Jennifer An, Jon Goodman, and Charisma Fojas for conducting the review. Find their opinion letter here.