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that she could deploy to force agencies to comply with her audit recommendations. In some circumstances, the secretary of state can have the state withhold 10 percent of the money owed to local governments if they won't correct problems identified in an audit, or she can recommend that the governor withhold pay from state officials who drag their feet.
"There's just a lack of accountability, and I think we see that in so many ways," Buehler said.
Regardless of the ratio, Buehler asserts that Brown isn't doing enough to actually realize the savings her auditors have identified.
a single audit of the Department of Revenue. The review found 66,000 people who should have filed a state income tax return but didn't in the 2007 tax year, leaving about $108 million on the table. Returns on audit investments were below 10 to 1 in five of the previous nine years.
Brown acknowledged Nike Vapormax Flyknit Asphalt that she couldn't say exactly how much money was saved or recovered as a result of her audits, but she said her office has stepped up efforts to follow up on recommendations. Brown meets with agency directors to discuss audits, she said, and auditors sometimes do follow up audits to check on progress.
Buehler's campaign also says Brown has exaggerated the potential savings or failed to audit certain agencies. He says Brown's auditors missed red flags
In 2008, the year before she took office, the secretary of state's auditing division identified $8 in savings for every $1 spent on auditing, Brown points out. In 2010, the figure ballooned to $64 in savings for each dollar invested.
With a disciplined, well funded campaign, Buehler has given Brown a tough re election fight, and she's turned to the work of her auditing division to lay out her case for a second term.
Auditing standards say their findings are only recommendations and not mandates, said Gary Blackmer, director of the auditing division under Brown. Buehler's recommendations risk violating those standards, he said.
the performance and finances of government agencies and recommend improvements where necessary. Most local governments also are required to hire a certified public accountant to audit their financial statements each year.
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But Brown's Republican rival, Knute Buehler, says she hasn't done enough to turn those recommended savings into actual dollars. Their spat has vaulted a mundane government function toward the spotlight in one of Oregon's only competitive political races this year.
Brown's office produced data showing auditors found $152 million in savings in 2010. The state spent $2.4 million dollars on those audits, backing up her claim of $64 in savings identified for every dollar spent investigating them.
"I would say that's a real return on your investment," Brown said.
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Brown turns to audits in secretary of state race
Brown, a Democrat, says she's done 236 audits finding $180 million in savings. A television ad shows her standing in an office with piles of black binders stacked around her.
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