Napolitano interfered with state U. of Calif. audit, board says | Kan. needs state auditor, gubernatorial candidates say | US budget deficit rose 37.9% year over year in Oct.
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November 21, 2017
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Napolitano interfered with state U. of Calif. audit, board says
Napolitano interfered with state U. of Calif. audit, board says
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University of California President Janet Napolitano acted improperly by authorizing a plan to review survey responses from aides before submitting them to the state auditor, the Board of Regents said last week. Napolitano issued an apology acknowledging "poor judgment."
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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Kan. needs state auditor, gubernatorial candidates say
A Kansas Republican candidate for governor and two Democrats have in recent weeks acknowledged the need for a state auditor. The state has faced scrutiny recently over a series of media reports highlighting lack of transparency.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (11/20) 
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Risk Management
US budget deficit rose 37.9% year over year in Oct.
The federal government's deficit last month was 37.9% higher than the deficit in October 2016, reaching $63.2 billion. JPMorgan Chase projects the deficit will total $675 billion this budget year.
The Associated Press (11/13) 
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PCAOB identifies 3 areas with most frequent audit issues
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board inspectors found audit deficiencies most often in three recurring areas in 2016 inspections, according to a staff brief. Firms can take steps to improve performance in these areas in future audits, according to the brief.
Journal of Accountancy online (11/10) 
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Regulation & Compliance
Senate approves Otting as comptroller of the currency
The Senate has confirmed Joseph Otting, formerly president and CEO of OneWest Bank, as US comptroller of the currency. He will step in for Keith Noreika, who has been acting comptroller since May.
Reuters (11/16),  The Hill (11/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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Fraud & Ethics
Audit finds nepotism at Calif. tax agency
The California Board of Equalization hired several family members of state lawmakers and officials under questionable circumstances, finds an audit by the State Personnel Board. The tax agency will not be allowed to make hires without approval from the state human resources department.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (11/17) 
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Employee whistleblower protection denied on offshore oil rigs
The Chemical Safety Board has decided to scrap its recommendations for worker participation and whistleblower protection on offshore oil rigs after the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it wouldn't enforce such regulations. The recommendations were put forward following the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (11/17) 
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ACGA Knowledge Brief:
Political Pressures Faced by Internal Auditors in the Public Sector Public sector governance structures provide internal audit with less independence than is often afforded internal audit in the private sector. Add in political pressures from constituents and public officials' concern with re-election, and internal audit can be caught in very difficult situations. Read more.
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Technology
Light shed on government's hacking-tool process
Cybersecurity and policy professionals have been allowed for the first time to study the White House's vulnerabilities equities process, used to determine which hacking tools to keep and which to let technology companies fix. The White House has released a charter that describes the process.
The Hill (11/15) 
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ACGA News
Quick poll results: crisis response procedures
Among the 1,531 internal auditor participants in a recent poll, 78 percent say they have general crisis response procedures. Nearly two-thirds indicate their companies have a first response team assigned, but less than half test the scenario response. See the poll results.
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Knowledge brief: leading millennials
Millennials make up a large segment of the workforce, and careers with government organizations can potentially fill their need to contribute to the common good. What do millennials need to succeed, and how can leaders harness their talents? Read more.
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