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OFFICERS <br />Presidernt <br />Tina Adams <br />Depute City Auditor <br />Charlotte. NC <br />Presider! Elect <br />Kristine Adams-Wannberg <br />Senior ManasemartAuditor <br />Portland. OR� <br />.SecretarI <br />Pam Weipert <br />Compliance Officer <br />Oakland County. MI <br />Treasurer <br />Larry Stafford <br />:-Audit Services iN9anaeer <br />Clark: County, AVA <br />Pus/ President <br />David Givans <br />Cotmli Internal Auditor <br />DeSchuleS County. OR <br />BOARD MEMBERS <br />AT LARGE <br />Justin Anderson <br />Senior %Janasenunt Auditor <br />Dins Comm. WA <br />Van Lee <br />Deputy Co Auditor <br />Citv and Count, of Honolulu. HI <br />Chris Horton <br />Countti Auditor <br />Arlin ton. VA <br />Matt Weller <br />ASslstant Cite Auditor <br />City of Oklahoma Cite. OI: <br />MEMBER SERVICES <br />449 Lewis Iiarsett Circle <br />suit 290 <br />Lexington. KY 4003 <br />Phone: (859)276-0656 <br />Fax: (8�9) 275-007 <br />�cscn . alaun I i ne. lure <br />Association of Local Government Auditors <br />March 28, 2018 <br />Bonnie S. Nims <br />Legislative Auditor <br />25 Aupuni Street <br />Hilo, HI 96720 <br />Dear Bonnie S. Nims: <br />The Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Awards Program Committee is <br />pleased to announce that the County of Hawai'i, Office of the Legislative Auditor's report, <br />County of HawaiTs Department of Human Resources Hiring Practices, won the 2017 <br />Distinguished Knighton Award in the Small Shop Category. <br />ALGA was founded in 1985 to serve auditors who specialize in working with local <br />governments. ALGA members represent approximately 300 local government audit <br />organizations. Unlike the majority of auditors who work within a single industry, local <br />government auditors must work in an environment that encompasses a wide variety of <br />industries. Local government auditors are committed to helping their governments improve <br />service delivery to citizens while doing so more efficiently and effectively with the limited <br />resources available. In making the award, the judges commented: <br />Little undermines our trust in government more than a suspicion that employees <br />are unqualified and hired based on connections instead of merit. The Legislative <br />Auditor of the County of Hawaii heard public concerns about unfair hiring practices <br />and responded with a focused audit to determine root causes and actionable <br />solutions. A preliminary risk assessment allowed them to efficiently target an in- <br />depth review of the worst hiring practices at the County. The resulting report was <br />organized into easy to read sections that translated auditor logic: what did we find, <br />what were the consequences, and why did it happen. The recommendations <br />directly addressed root causes and were accepted by management. The result <br />created stronger policies and procedures that identify, attract and select the most <br />qualified applicants for County employment. <br />To encourage increasing levels of excellence among local government auditors, ALGA <br />created the Knighton Award in 1995 to recognize the best performance audit reports <br />produced by local government audit shops in the previous year. Each year, local <br />government audit organizations submit their best performance audit report to be evaluated <br />against five criteria: (1) an audit scope that has the potential for significant impact, and is <br />responsive to the needs and concerns of decision -makers and/or the public; (2) audit <br />conclusions that are persuasive, logical, and firmly supported by the evidence, which was <br />gathered using appropriate research methods and tools; (3) audit recommendations that <br />are feasible, and will make government programs more effective and efficient; (4) audit <br />results that are communicated in a clear, concise way; and (5) an audit scope, <br />methodology, recommendations, or report format that is innovative. Judges from peer <br />organizations determined that the County of Hawai'i, Office of the Legislative Auditor's <br />report was among the best of 2017. <br />Congratulations for receiving this award! <br />Sincerely, <br />Tina Adams, President <br />ALGA <br />Lisa Monteiro, Chair <br />ALGAAwards Program Committee <br />