Yost to begin auditsWritten by Patrick Timmis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor John Kasich and Auditor of State Dave Yost announced the first batch of state agencies to undergo newly required performance audits.
Those agencies are the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Department of Transportation.
The audits were mandated by Senate Bill 4, which passed both the Ohio House and Senate unanimously on March 30, 2011.
“We are looking to skinny down government, looking for ways to help make state agencies more efficient and effective,” said Carrie Bartunek, Yost’s press secretary. “How can we think more like a business? We want to bring positive change and work collaboratively with these agencies to see how we can improve.”
The bill requires the audited state agency to accept and implement the auditor’s recommendations. It also exempts constitutionally elected officials, such as the governor, secretary of state and auditor of state, from the performance audits, an exemption Yost has opted out of.
“He is a believer in the benefits of a performance audit, so he wants his office to benefit by that as well,” Bartunek said.
An independent auditor, Plante & Moran, has already begun the audit of Yost’s office.
A spokesman for Kasich said Yost’s performance audits would focus on insuring that state agencies were performing efficiently at the highest level possible.
“Hopefully the result of the audits will highlight areas for improvement to lessen the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers,” said Sen. Edna Brown (D).