Department of Retirement Systems contracts with CPA firm for GASB 68 audits

For the past three years we have worked with the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) to perform the GASB 68 census data audits at state and local government employers. We have enjoyed working with all of our state and local government partners to complete this important work for our state.

DRS recently contracted with Clifton, Larson, Allen, LLP (CLA) to perform this work going forward. This CPA firm has contracted with DRS for many years, including auditing the DRS CAFR.  DRS informed the State Auditor’s Office that they were happy  both with our work and the relationship we have developed–the decision to contract with CLA simply provides them with administrative efficiency by having one point of contact for all of the work performed.

DRS is currently working with CLA to determine which entities will be audited during the upcoming year. They are also working on communication that will go out to all state and local government employers. You can expect a similar timeline as in the past, with work beginning in January or February each year and wrapping up by August 31st. DRS will inform employers who have been selected for audit in January 2017, and CLA will contact you to schedule the engagement. If you have any questions you can contact employer support services at employersupport@drs.wa.gov

For further resources, please visit the DRS website.

Performance audit findings on boards that conduct hearings on medical mistakes

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Doctors sometimes make mistakes, and those mistakes can have life-or-death consequences for patients. Washington, like every other state, uses boards to license and regulate doctors and other healthcare providers, and can impose discipline on providers.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office recently released a performance audit that looked at two of these boards. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC) is one of the largest, regulating 31,000 medical doctors and physician assistants. The Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (BOMS) is one of the smallest, regulating about 1,800 osteopathic doctors and physician assistants, but was included because medical and osteopathic doctors often do the same work in the same settings. Continue reading