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Schroeder surveys city departments on financial controls

November 8, 2012
Press Release

Since taking office in January, Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder has found that previous audits were often conducted in response to a scandal or an arrest involving city employees.

Rather than waiting for someone to get caught doing something improper, and conducting an audit after the fact, we thought it would be a better idea to try to prevent this type of misconduct beforeit occurs, said Schroeder.

That is why Schroeder has sent each city department a questionnaire that will help him determine whether adequate financial controls are in place to protect taxpayer funds.

We want to make sure that there are best practices in place across the board, especially in departments that handle cash, said Schroeder.

Schroeder requested that the questionnaires be returned to him by the end of November so that his department can begin to examine the results. Schroeder said his own department, Audit andControl, has already completed the questionnaire.

Not only will this information help us determine what should be audited, but it will also give us a head start in conducting those audits, since the initial questions will already be answered,Schroeder said.

The questionnaire is part of a strategy, laid out by Schroeder in his Annual Audit Plan, where each source of revenue for the city will be examined, as well as all expenditures.

We are looking at every department, including our own, to see where we can maximize revenues, as well as limit expenditures by eliminating fraud, waste, and mismanagement, said Schroeder. The information gathered by the questionnaire will be very valuable in that effort.
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