JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 3, 2018) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today said her office has begun its comprehensive audit of the City of St. Louis by focusing on two areas: first, by getting a status update on the concerns raised by the last comprehensive audit, completed in 2010, to determine if or how they were addressed; and second, by auditing the city's Supply Division, which acts as the purchasing agency for most of city government.
"A comprehensive audit of St. Louis City is a substantial undertaking and will include multiple reports issued over many months," Auditor Galloway said. "It's important to first see what progress has been made on the findings from the 2010 audit before we take a fresh look at those concerns. In addition, we're focusing our first report on the work of the Supply Division, which has a wide impact on many city departments."
Auditor Galloway said initiating the series of reports with the audit of the Supply Division would help provide important information to her office for the entire process.
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. At the same time, an active group of St. Louis residents were involved in a petition drive to require such an audit.
Auditor Galloway said her office is approaching the review as a citizen-initiated audit and has pledged to engage citizens in the process. Already, she has established a web page, auditor.mo.gov/STLAudit, to answer questions and receive information and concerns from citizens, and also met with elected officials and community leaders to discuss the audit. More meetings will be held in locations throughout the city during the course of the comprehensive audit.
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.