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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Auditor Finds Another $483M
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:36 PM :: 586 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...More than $483 million in excess moneys may be available to be transferred from 57 special and revolving fund accounts to the General Fund without adversely affecting programs....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
DoE and DHS: Auditor Finds Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:00 AM :: 489 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting....

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
Looking for $1.5B? Auditor Provides Handy List of GE Tax Hikes and Special Funds to Raid
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:49 PM :: 1054 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... stopgap measures which could help prevent public employees from feeling the slightest suffering...for now....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
State Administration of Federal Programs: Auditors Find Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:35 AM :: 556 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Single Audit of Federal Financial Assistance Programs of the State of Hawai‘i....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 1100 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Auditor: CIP Management Gets Even Worse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:48 AM :: 1089 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

...The State’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for FY2019 was $2.02 billion....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Auditor: DBEDT Hides $6.5M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:53 PM :: 923 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...DBEDT had non-general funds with balances totaling $5.75 million and administratively created non-general funds with balances totaling more than $750,000 that were not reported to the 2019 Legislature as required by HRS....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Auditor: Insurers Already Cover Rape Victim Support
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:00 AM :: 729 Views :: Health Care

...Study of Proposed Mandatory Health Insurance for Clinical Victim Support Services for Victims of Sexual Violence and Abuse....

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Friday, November 22, 2019
Auditor: AG Special Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:32 PM :: 1164 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...We also noted that AG did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....   

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Friday, November 08, 2019
Are Auditor's Recommendations Implemented?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:02 PM :: 1084 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This report covers recommendations made in reports issued from 2014-2017....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Auditor: DoTax Continues to Illegally Hand out Film Tax Credits for Out of State Expenses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:53 AM :: 1449 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...DoTAX continues to construe the film tax credit statute to include out-of-state expenditures as “qualified production costs,” which is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and the Legislature’s intent....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 2424 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Auditor Rips DLNR Leasehold Management
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:57 PM :: 2645 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Land Use, Small Business

...The absence of long-range planning has left the Land Division staff without the expertise, resources, and options to actively and effectively manage its land portfolio....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 3321 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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Friday, May 03, 2019
DLNR Audit: Four Material Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:15 AM :: 1755 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"Improve recordkeeping to prepare accrual basis financial statements"

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
DHS Audit: Significant Weaknesses and Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:10 AM :: 2403 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...auditors from KMH LLP reported one significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting and 14 material weaknesses and three significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance....

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Financial and Compliance Audit of the Department of Education
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:53 PM :: 2021 Views :: Education K-12

...one significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting ... two significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Auditor: AG's Child Support Fund Still Running Deficit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:07 PM :: 3143 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...CSEA disbursed amounts received without knowing whether the non-custodial parent had sufficient funds at the bank....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Health Department Audit: Material Weaknesses and Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:40 AM :: 2753 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Financial and Compliance Audit of the Department of Health....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Auditor: Many Deficiencies in State Federal Funding Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:04 PM :: 2071 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...four material weaknesses and ten significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance with major federal programs....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Auditor Rips Rail Oversight: DAGS 'Busy Work Gives False Sense of Assurance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:35 PM :: 3446 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that DAGS fundamentally misunderstands its responsibilities under Act 1, performing unnecessary busy work that not only wastes time and money but also increases the risk of improper payment....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Auditor: Transportation Division Books a Mess
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:44 PM :: 1962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Auditors reviewed 25 HDOT projects in progress where little or no activity had occurred in the prior two fiscal years and found that all but five were categorized inappropriately. Twenty of the selected projects “were deemed to either have been placed in service or were canceled....”

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed by Legislators Fails to Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:03 PM :: 1918 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...We reviewed 98 House and Senate bills proposing 80 special and revolving funds during the 2019 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Tokuda-Connected Recycler Busted for Fraud
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:55 PM :: 3728 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits

...During FY 2018, the total deposit amounts reimbursed to Reynolds Recycling was approximately $7.96 million....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Auditor: Should Insurers be Required to Cover Mainland Air Ambulance?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:54 PM :: 1330 Views :: Health Care

...The two largest health insurance providers in the State reported a total of 28 members that were recommended for medical transportation to the continental United States for treatment in 2016 and 2017. Insurance coverage was not provided in 11 cases, all of which involved members from a single insurance provider....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Medicaid Fraud: DHS Still Not Doing the Real Work
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:32 AM :: 2583 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The recommendations not implemented are the ones where DHS actually has to go out and catch fraudsters, instead of just talking about it....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Auditor Slams DoT--$112M Illegally Hidden from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:16 PM :: 2545 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...three revolving funds, and one trust fund with remaining balances which total approximately $120 million as of June 30, 2018, had no financial activity during our (5 year) review period....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:21 PM :: 2766 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...In Report 2, we examined the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s current management structure, the relationship between HART and its Board of Directors, and HART’s use of third-party consultants to manage the Honolulu Rail Transit Project....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:24 PM :: 4687 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:18 AM :: 2063 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Foundation and DAGS have implemented 16 and partially implemented 7 of the 29 recommendations. Six recommendations have not been implemented....

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Saturday, January 05, 2019
Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:05 PM :: 3726 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use, Taxes

...In 2005, the Legislature provided the land conservation program with a dedicated funding source – ten percent of conveyance tax collected...here's what happened next....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Auditor: DAGS Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 2054 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...2 special funds, 2 trust funds, and 4 trust accounts did not meet criteria. We also noted that DAGS did not file statutorily required reports....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 3889 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Auditor Rips Health Department Oversight of Board and Care Homes
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:19 PM :: 2301 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...Why is this such a difficult issue?  Because care home owners 'vote' their patients....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Special Funds: Auditor Looks at HART, OHA, PUC and Others
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:29 AM :: 2133 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...and found one special fund did not meet criteria and should be closed....

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Monday, November 05, 2018
Report on the Implementation of State Auditor’s Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:31 AM :: 2011 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...every year we follow up on recommendations made in our audit reports....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Auditor: Agriculture Department Hides $2.4M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:49 AM :: 2557 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...not reported to the 2018 Legislature as required by Sections 37-47 and 37-52.5, HRS....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Auditor Looks at HDoT Energy Savings Contracts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:22 AM :: 2142 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...all four annual savings reports filed by Johnson Controls through 2017 indicated that actual savings exceeded energy contract guaranteed savings for each period....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Auditor: DoH 'Loses' Paperwork--Kills Investigation of PKF Recycling Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:53 PM :: 3994 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Originally bid at $76,400, the contract grew to $543,374—a 611 percent increase—while its scope shrank and the deliverables’ deadline were extended by a year. In the end, the PKF founder was arrested at the arport....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Years Later KOLEA System Still not 100% Compliant with Obamacare Requirements
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:30 PM :: 2387 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 15-20, Audit of the Department of Human Services’ KOLEA System....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Audit of State DoD Accounts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:44 PM :: 2369 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Our review of six trust funds and four trust accounts of the Department of Defense (DOD) found one trust fund did not meet criteria and should be closed....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Auditor: RCUH Goes 11 for 11
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:07 PM :: 2308 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...We found that RCUH has implemented all eleven recommendations....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Audit: State Asset Forfeiture Program -- 30 Years Without Rules
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:06 AM :: 3652 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...after nearly 30 years since the program’s inception, the department has not yet adopted administrative rules describing procedures and practice requirements for asset forfeiture....

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Saturday, June 02, 2018
Auditor: Two Years Later State Scores 2-2-1 on IT
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:32 PM :: 2229 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...thus making an accurate and comprehensive compilation of these costs extremely time-consuming, if not impossible to complete....

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Friday, June 01, 2018
Auditor: OHA Openly Violates HRS10-17 Nepotism
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:57 PM :: 4239 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... the friends and family plan is alive and well at OHA ....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Auditor: Ten Years Later, Hawaii's Forgotten 2050 Sustainability Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:27 AM :: 4120 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History

...This report found that through the course of the past ten years, the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan was disregarded....

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
Auditor: Legislators 100% 'Fail to Meet Criteria' for New Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:43 PM :: 4356 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 85 house and senate bills proposing 64 special and revolving funds during the 2018 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Auditor: Hawaii PUC Another Tech Disaster in the Making
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:17 AM :: 3649 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...the PUC’s $2.8 million Document Management System (DMS) is almost universally considered by management and staff to be difficult to use, unreliable, slow, and obsolete, with staff developing elaborate workarounds to accommodate for the system’s shortcomings. Yet the PUC has no firm plans to fix or replace this problematic system....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 3169 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Auditors couldn't figure out what this state office does — or plans to do
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:16 AM :: 4635 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...Energy Office’s personnel costs now account for more than 90 percent of the office’s expenses....

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