JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Sept. 12, 2018) State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced the release of four reports providing a status update from city officials on how departments within the City of St. Louis have addressed findings from the last comprehensive audit of the city. These reports include responses from the Office of the Mayor and other city offices, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, the Information Technology Services Agency, and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry as to their progress on the findings and will be considered as a part of ongoing audit work.
The Mayor is the city's chief executive officer and is elected citywide to a four year term. Twenty-two city departments are under the authority of the Mayor. Lyda Krewson has served as the Mayor of the City of St. Louis since 2017, following the four terms of Mayor Francis Slay. The report indicated that the one finding addressed to the Mayor's office and 3 findings addressed to the Medical Examiner's office from the audit released in 2010 have been implemented. An audit of the Office of the Mayor is upcoming.
The Information Technology Services Agency is responsible for providing technology and information services for city government employees, citizens and businesses. Office functions include network management, computer support, programming and website development and administration. The report indicated six findings from the audit released in 2009 were implemented. Audit work on the Information Technology Services Agency is in progress.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the main provider of local and international flights for area residents, serving more than 14 million passengers in 2017 . The follow-up report indicated that 15 findings from the audit released in 2009 have been implemented. An audit of the airport is upcoming.
The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry operates and maintains over 100 parks in the city, provides recreational sports and activities for citizens, and manages and promotes city green spaces. The report indicated 10 findings from the audit released in 2008 were implemented. Audit work on the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry is upcoming.
Auditor Galloway said she expects to release 21 of these initial reports, which will provide a status update by city departments and officials on whether the concerns raised by the last comprehensive audit, completed in 2010, were addressed. The three follow-up reports include descriptions of how 35 of 45 findings were implemented since the previous audit was released. This brings the total number of implemented findings to 68 since the release of the status reports began. All the recently released status update reports are available here.
In late January, Auditor Galloway accepted the request by the Board of Aldermen to complete a comprehensive, independent audit of the City of St. Louis. Auditor Galloway said her office is approaching the review as a citizen-initiated audit and has pledged to engage citizens in the process. She has established a web page, auditor.mo.gov/STLAudit, to answer questions and receive information and concerns from citizens.
Citizens can provide information for consideration by contacting the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.