Long Beach city auditor: peer reviews indicate high standards of performance for third-straight year

Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud announced Monday the results of an independent peer review from 2012 to 2014 that shows the office achieved the highest possible standards of performance in government auditing.

This is the third consecutive review that found the office’s internal operations met national standards, ensuring work is reliable and credible, according to Meghan King, communications officer for the City Auditor’s office.

Since taking office in 2006, Doud vowed to follow Government Auditing Standards, which provide a framework for conducting audits with competence, integrity and objectivity, according to King.

Audit organizations following these standards require a peer review every three years to ensure work is adhering to established policies and procedures. This distinction assures the public that the office provides fair reviews of city operations and spending during a time when it is critical that taxpayer dollars are monitored for appropriate and honest use, according to King.

Prior to Doud assuming the position, the office did not undergo peer reviews.

“I made a commitment to the public that the office would follow the standards and undergo regular peer reviews,” she said. “Just as we conduct audits to promote accountability and transparency within the city, the independent panel of auditors review our work and hold us accountable to following the rigorous standards.”

In addition to finding that the office meets the standards, the peer review panel noted areas in which it excels.

The panel recognized the office’s effort to ensure audit work is accurate by following quality-control policies and procedures.

It also commended its communication to the public through its website and the MyAuditor app, from which residents can access reports, see what projects the office is working on and report fraud.

Doud noted that through preparation and participation of the peer-review process over the past nine years, the office has shown continuous improvement and value as it builds quality control processes used during audits.

Every staff member knows and follows standards regarding work quality, according to King.

“I am honored to work with a staff dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards,” Doud said. “We are committed to continuous improvement in our office as we strive for excellence citywide.”

The peer-review report can be viewed at CityAuditorLauraDoud.com/peer-review.shtml .

Source: Doud’s office

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