Commissioner Basham praises county’s Office of Legislative Auditor General

Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham, who chairs the Committee on Audit, strongly praised the county’s Office of Legislative Auditor General for its efforts after it released its 2015 annual report, as required by the county charter.

The report was presented to the Committee on Audit Feb. 10 and has been forwarded to the full Commission for acceptance Feb. 18.

The report showed that in 2015, the Office of Legislative Auditor General – under the direction of Auditor General Marcella Cora – completed 24 reports/projects, which included 43 recommendations. Those recommendations saved the county more than $4.6 million. The office also reported that of the 39 recommendations that were followed up, all were fully implemented, partially implemented or in the process of being implemented.

“Management’s implementation rate is a clear indication of their shared commitment to mitigate and manage known and reported risk, and to improve the internal control environment here in the county,” Cora wrote in the letter.

Basham (D-Taylor) said he is pleased with the performance of the Office of Legislative Auditor General, especially with the 100 percent cooperation with the recommendations.

“The results from this report are a testament to the hard work being done to continually make Wayne County more efficient,” Basham said. “I am pleased with the cooperation the auditors and committee have received from the county administration, and it shows everyone is working toward a common goal of accountability and saving money, which is the purpose behind the Committee on Audit.

“Ms. Cora and her staff are extremely dedicated to doing what is best for the county and its taxpayers, and the Committee on Audit is appreciative of that.”

The full report will be posted on Office of Legislative General’s Web page, www.waynecounty.com/commission/733.htm, after it is accepted by the full Commission.

The Committee on Audit’s meeting schedule and agendas are at www.waynecounty.com/commission/703.htm. The meetings are open to the public in the seventh-floor hearing room of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, downtown Detroit.