What to know about the audit clearinghouses that track government spending
When the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be conducting an audit of its $1.4 trillion fiscal year 2018 budget, it was not clear whether the report would include the full $1 trillion in spending that the agency had estimated in the previous budget, or whether the full report would be included.
The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced last month that it was “conducting an audit to assess the scope and adequacy of the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Audit” to support its review of the budget.
OIG Deputy Inspector General John O’Connor told The New York Times that OMB “has begun an audit in accordance with OPM regulations.”
He did not say which agencies were involved.
The Treasury Department has said that the OIG will conduct the audit.
But O’Brien told The Times that the report is not complete and that the inspector general is still “evaluating whether to release the full audit report or to delay it until the Office [of Inspector General] completes their investigation.”
The OIG is not required to release such a report before a final budget is finalized.
The OPM Office of Inspector General is one of the government’s main agencies tasked with overseeing the OMB’s Office for Management and Accountability.
The report, which was requested by Senate Democrats, was released by the Treasury Department in April and has been the subject of a major House investigation.
The audit was expected to be completed this month.
“We’ve made clear that we will review all of the audit reports to make sure they’re complete, we’ll be able to provide a full assessment of the situation, and we will continue to work with OMB on how we can best help them to do their job,” O’Briensaid at the time.
O’Connell, the OPM deputy inspector general, told the Times that “we are continuing to review the audit” and that OPM “is working to ensure that they do a thorough audit of OPM’s audit process.”
The report said that OIG was “evaluated for its auditing efforts in fiscal year 2017, and that, based on those evaluations, the audit process was effective.”
O’Conner told the New York Daily News that O’Halloran “wants to see a complete audit” of the OPA report.
He said that “he hopes to see an audit report by January 2018.”
He said the audit will include “the full audit reports, as well as a statement of our conclusions, a description of the review methodology, and the findings of the assessment.”
OPM is also investigating the OGA for alleged violations of the Hatch Act.
OGA Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said in a statement to The New Yorker that “I have spoken with OIA to learn more about the OOIG’s process, to understand the concerns raised by the Senate, and to ensure OIA has the information necessary to conduct a thorough, thorough audit.”
“I want to assure the American people that OIA is committed to ensuring that the Office is conducting a thorough and impartial audit,” Weintram said.
The watchdog agency is currently examining the OMA audit for any other violations, as part of a broader investigation into the OPC’s audit.
The Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would end OPMs audit of the White House, and OIG and OGA are expected to conduct an independent audit into the White Senate Office of Government Ethics.
OPM will not be the first agency to face a potential audit.
According to the Inspector Generals Office, the Office for Personnel Management has had audit requests since 2009.
In 2014, OPM had requested a $100 million audit of an OPM-run office.
OMA has been under fire since a 2011 investigation found that the White house was not properly conducting its OPA audit of White House officials.
The inspector general’s office concluded that the department’s OPM audit was “inadequate” and “did not comply with OPA requirements.”
The inspector General said the department “did the audit itself,” and that “the department’s audit of a White House office did not address any misconduct, and no misconduct was identified.”