State Auditor Beth Wood

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    Finally I Can Agree: There Ought To Be a Law

    It’s common sense. And it should already be state law, but it’s not. Not yet anyway. Senate Bill 473 would prohibit types of conflict of interest and questionable actions in office by elected officials. Locke’s Andy Jackson explains. Incredibly, however, Senate Bill 473 – which had bipartisan…
    Donna Martinez, July 29, 2021
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    Employee association membership figures released*

    *N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) not included. Here is the latest from State Auditor Beth Wood:             As far as the NCAE is concerned, Wood explained, “The State Auditor’s Office does not have the authority to compel employees’ associations (private entities) to…
    Terry Stoops, March 11, 2021
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    State auditor report of DPI finds “significant misstatements and omissions”

    The Office of the Auditor published a financial statement audit of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the year ended June 30, 2019.  The independent audit discovered that DPI financial statements contained significant misstatements and omissions. DPI “concurs with the Auditor’s finding and recommendation,” and wrote…
    Terry Stoops, June 25, 2020
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    Audit Finds Rocky Mount Officials Wrote Off Nearly $50,000 in Utility Bills

    A recent audit centered around Rocky Mount uncovered some questionable fiscal behavior. Carolina Journal’s Don Carrington writes: Several Rocky Mount officials prevented the city’s utility payment office from attempting to collect $47,704 Mayor Pro-Tem Andre Knight owed in past due utility bills. That’s the main finding of an investigative report issued…
    Brenee Goforth, May 20, 2020
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    State audit finds serious problems at the Department of Public Instruction

    The Office of the State Auditor released the Statewide Single Audit Report yesterday.  Findings related to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction include: The Department did not effectively monitor spending of the Title I, Part A22 subawards provided to local education agencies (LEA) and charter schools (collectively called subrecipients).
    Terry Stoops, April 30, 2020
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    State Agency: We’re Installing GPS In State Vehicles To Increase Tracking

    Upon news of this audit from Beth Wood’s office, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary…
    Donna Martinez, November 30, 2017
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    State Auditor Beth Wood Speaks at JLF Monday, Noon

    In this presentation, State Auditor Beth Wood will discuss how the Office of State Auditor looks after the more than $20 billion in state tax dollars. Under her leadership, the office has identified hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending, and has aggressively presented audit reports for legislative action.
    Donna Martinez, October 13, 2017
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    Battle Continues Between Auditor and Clerks

    Dan Way writes for Carolina Journal: North Carolina’s clerks of Superior Court are countering criticism from State Auditor Beth Wood over a failure to correct ongoing problems. “We emphatically deny that any clerk has or will refuse to correct identified serious problems,” Steven Cogburn, Buncombe County Clerk of Superior…
    Donna Martinez, July 27, 2017