Rapid Response & Audit Follow-up
In early 2011, State Auditor Tom Schweich announced two new initiatives to increase accountability in state government for the taxpayers of Missouri.
Auditor Schweich officially unveiled a rapid response program and an audit follow-up initiative. The rapid response program, dubbed the Auditor's Swift Assessment Program (ASAP), focuses on serious allegations of fraud, waste or abuse, while the follow-up program, the Auditor's Follow-up Team to Effect Recommendations (AFTER), ensures audit recommendations are implemented in a timely manner.
The rapid response and follow-up functions are performed by existing staff auditors and led by Darrell Moore, chief litigation counsel for the State Auditor's Office. Moore was a prosecutor for over twenty-six years, serving twelve years as the Greene County prosecuting attorney. He has extensive experience investigating fraud in governmental and commercial entities. In 2010, Moore was selected Prosecutor of the Year by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
The State Auditor may activate the rapid response team, ASAP, when there is substantial, credible evidence to believe that there is:
- (1) fraud, violations of state or federal law, rule or regulation, or significant misappropriation, mismanagement, or waste of public resources; or
- (2) significant risk of loss of confidence of the people in their government due to fiscal abuse or mismanagement; and
- (3) the need for immediate action to preserve relevant evidence and/or prevent continued harm.
Before activating ASAP, the State Auditor will determine whether the allegation is credible, specific and coherent, and whether the allegation warrants immediate action. When appropriate, the State Auditor will refer the allegation to the Attorney General, Missouri Ethics Commission, Department of Public Safety or other proper authority.
The audit follow-up program, AFTER, monitors the implementation of audit recommendations. The State Auditor's Office works with audited entities to establish a reasonable timeline for the implementation of audit recommendations, with a particular focus on those findings requiring immediate management attention. AFTER is responsible for following-up with audited entities when their implementation commitments are not kept. As part of this follow-up initiative, the State Auditor's Office will publish an annual status report to track implementation of audit recommendations, and, when needed, the State Auditor's Office will not hesitate to use all of the tools available to it by law, including subpoena power or the initiation of a new audit.