City Auditor http://kut.org en Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence http://kut.org/post/audit-finds-problems-how-apd-stores-destroys-old-drug-and-weapons-evidence <p><em>This article is written by KUT's Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>A city audit found that drugs and firearms confiscated by the <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">Austin Police Department</a> are in some cases not adequately protected, with drugs sometimes stored in cardboard boxes outdoors.</p><p>In response, APD officials say they are re-evaluating the department’s evidence control policies.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:24 +0000 Elizabeth Pagano 10292 at http://kut.org Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence Austin Audit Finds City Vehicles Spend Too Much Time in Repair Shop http://kut.org/post/austin-audit-finds-city-vehicles-spend-too-much-time-repair-shop <p>The <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/812720-public-safety-vehicle-repair-audit.html" target="_blank">City of Austin Auditor’s office says</a> city vehicles seem to have a problem with breakdowns.</p><p>The vehicles aren’t always getting preventative maintenance and they’re spending more time in repair shops than the best practices standard.</p><p>Local politics news service&nbsp;<a href="http://www.infactdaily.com/" target="_blank">In Fact Daily</a> reports that the city’s Fleet Services Department doesn’t have enough repair space. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:45:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9045 at http://kut.org Austin Audit Finds City Vehicles Spend Too Much Time in Repair Shop Last Call for 10-1 Applicants - And CPAs! (Update) http://kut.org/post/last-call-10-1-applicants-and-cpas-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: City Auditor Kenneth Mory says only nine of the 66 people who have applied to sit on a redistricting review panel are qualified to serve&nbsp;–&nbsp;and all of those people are white.</p><p>A three-person panel of accountants is being assembled to select a pool of qualified applicants that may serve on the redistricting commission. (<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/infographic-how-austins-city-council-districts-will-get-drawn">Click here for an overview</a> of the redistricting process.)&nbsp;Mory says it has been hard to get qualified CPAs interested because it is tax season. And many CPAs have or want to work with the city&nbsp;–&nbsp;which would be a conflict of interest.</p><p>Mory says he thinks his office has done as much as possible to recruit a diverse group. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:59:08 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Laura Rice 6686 at http://kut.org Last Call for 10-1 Applicants - And CPAs! (Update) Public Safety Commission Recommends Gun Control Measures (Updated) http://kut.org/post/public-safety-commission-recommends-gun-control-measures-updated <p><strong>Update</strong>:<strong> </strong>Austin’s Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Monday to send a resolution to local leaders aimed at reducing gun violence.</p><p>The resolution encourages the Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners, the Austin Independent School Board and Austin Community College to stop leasing facilities for gun shows—or to require those shows to conduct background checks.</p><p>The commission also wants local law enforcement to hold gun buyback programs and to collect data on guns used in crimes. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:21:17 +0000 Andrew Weber & Laura Rice 6454 at http://kut.org Public Safety Commission Recommends Gun Control Measures (Updated) How Many People Are Barred From Serving on Austin's Redistricting Commission? http://kut.org/post/how-many-people-are-barred-serving-austins-redistricting-commission <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 200%;">In recent years, only two cities – San Diego and Minneapolis – have gone through the process Austin is initiating: drawing geographic city council districts that reflect the city's diversity.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 6109 at http://kut.org How Many People Are Barred From Serving on Austin's Redistricting Commission? Auditor Finds Poor Money Handling at Austin-Travis Co. EMS (Updated) http://kut.org/post/auditor-finds-poor-money-handling-austin-travis-co-ems-updated <p><em><strong>*Updated to include response from Austin-Travis Co. EMS</strong></em></p><p>Austin’s City Auditor says billing collection processes at Austin-Travis County EMS are so poor that the department is at risk of having money stolen or bills miscalculated and not even realizing it.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Auditor/EMS%20Collections%20Controls%20Audit%20-%20Final%20Report%20.pdf" target="_blank">report by the Auditor’s office</a> says EMS does not comply with the city’s cash handling policy and isn’t taking measures to ensure the department is depositing all the revenue it receives.</p><p>In one instance, the Auditor’s office found more than $200,000 dollars in undeposited collections stored in an open and unattended plastic storage container. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:01:49 +0000 Laura Rice 5493 at http://kut.org Auditor Finds Poor Money Handling at Austin-Travis Co. EMS (Updated)