Announcements

24
Apr
Former Board of Elections Director Enters Guilty Plea

Former Franklin County Board of Elections Director William A. Anthony Jr. today pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of securing writings by deception.

17
Apr
Bellaire Local School District to Receive First Shared Services Feasibility Study

Efficiency-Boosting Studies are Outgrowth of House Bill 5

Auditor of State Dave Yost today approved the Bellaire Local School District (Belmont County) to receive the first shared services feasibility study conducted by his office.

04
Apr
Statement from Auditor Yost on Pending Release of Owens State Community College from Fiscal Watch

Auditor of State Dave Yost today issued the following statement regarding the pending release of Owens State Community College from fiscal watch by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

17
Mar
Former Mt. Sterling Official Pleads Guilty to Falsification

Victoria L. Sheets, the former bookkeeper in the Madison County village of Mt. Sterling, pleaded guilty today to falsification for assisting a village administrator to obtain his pension benefits early. 

17
Mar
Auditor Yost to Hold Cyber Fraud Prevention Training in Eight Ohio Communities

With cyberattacks on governments increasing, Auditor Dave Yost today announced a series of training seminars to help local government leaders in Ohio combat cyberattacks. Already, more than 560 local officials have registered for the free training.

06
Mar
Former Mt. Sterling Village Administrator Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Former Mt. Sterling Village Administrator Joseph A. Johnson today was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing from his Madison County community. Johnson was indicted in July on 30 counts stemming from his misuse of village credit cards to purchase vehicles, automotive equipment and other miscellaneous items.

07
Feb
Former Fairfield County Treasurer’s Office Employee Pleads Guilty on Charges Related to Theft

Former Fairfield County Treasurer’s Office employee Christina Fox pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree misdemeanor counts of attempted theft in office and receiving improper compensation. 

18
Jan
Statement from Auditor Yost Regarding Report on Implementation of Charter School Reforms

Auditor of State Dave Yost issued the following statement regarding the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s new report on the implementation of Ohio charter school reforms.

20
Dec
JobsOhio Compliance and Control Engagement Posted to Auditor of State’s Website

The fiscal year 2016 compliance and control engagement of JobsOhio has been completed by Deloitte & Touche LLP.

12
Dec
Lancaster Mayor Kuhn pleads guilty on charges related to failure to file tax returns

Lancaster Mayor Brian S. Kuhn today agreed to have his license as a certified public accountant revoked and plead guilty to two counts of attempted failure to file state tax returns for the years 2013 and 2014.

08
Dec
Statement from Auditor Dave Yost on passing of Sen. John Glenn

Despite his enormous achievements, Sen. Glenn remained humble

Auditor Dave Yost issued the following statement following the passing of former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn, who died today at the age of 95.

28
Nov
Auditor Yost Releases Special Report on Open Enrollment

Open enrollment can boost a school district’s revenue if managed carefully but may result in a financial loss if associated costs and policy decisions are overlooked, Auditor Yost said in a special report released today.

28
Nov
Charter school operator sent to prison for taking funds earmarked for start-up school

A Columbus woman who took $88,750 earmarked to start a charter school in Powell was sentenced to three years in prison today by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett H. Krueger. 

15
Nov
Auditor Yost Statement on 56-count Indictment of Former Niles Mayor Ralph A. Infante

The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the indictment of former Niles Mayor Ralph A. Infante, who was indicted on 56 counts today: 

09
Nov
Former Veterans Service Officer Sentenced for Theft of Funds and World War II Flag

A former director of the Pickaway County Veterans Service office was sentenced to three years in prison today and ordered to pay more than $19,200 in restitution for stealing thousands of dollars and a historical heirloom Nazi flag.

11
Oct
Statement from Auditor Yost on Complaint Regarding Horizon Science Academies

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the complaint referred to his office from Amsterdam & Partners regarding Horizon Science Academies.

14
Sep
Auditor Yost Discusses Learning-Based Funding with Columbus Metropolitan Club

Auditor of State Dave Yost spoke to the Columbus Metropolitan Club today, continuing an open dialogue on proposed learning-based funding for Ohio’s electronic schools.

18
Aug
Treasurer Josh Mandel and Auditor Dave Yost Announce OhioCheckbook.com Integration with Local Government Accounting Portal

Online Reporting System Leverages Technology to Streamline and Simplify Local Government Transparency

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost announced today the partnership between OhioCheckbook.com and the Auditor’s Uniform Accounting Network (UAN).  Local governments utilizing UAN can now, through the website UANlink.OhioAuditor.gov, submit their year-end financial reports to the Auditor and choose to have UAN transmit their checkbook level spending to the OhioCheckbook.com in a quick, easy and convenient process. 

11
Aug
Auditor Yost Calls on Legislature to Reform Virtual School Funding

Auditor Dave Yost today called on the General Assembly to review how community schools using electronic learning are funded, suggesting reforms based on how much a child learns should play a key role in determining how a virtual school is paid.

19
Jul
Statement on 30-Count Indictment of Former Mt. Sterling Village Administrator

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the indictment of former Mt. Sterling Village Administrator Joseph A. Johnson by the Madison County grand jury.

12
Jul
Statement from Auditor Yost on Indictment of Hillsboro Mayor

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the indictment of Hillsboro Mayor W. Drew Hastings by the Highland County grand jury:

 

08
Jul
Statement from Auditor Yost on Franklin County Board of Elections

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the indictments of Franklin County Board of Elections Director William A. Anthony Jr. and former Fiscal Officer Brenna Umbstaetter.

06
Jul
Auditor Yost to Congress: Rooting Out Food Stamp Fraud Protects the Poor and Taxpayers

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost today told Congress that he does not believe fraud is rampant in Ohio’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but said it does exist and is “significant” given that $2.5 billion in food stamp benefits are issued to Ohioans each year.

28
Jun
Auditor Yost Releases Report on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

An audit of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has found system weaknesses which allow for benefits of the dead to be claimed, accounts to build excessive balances, questionable out-of-state transactions and other instances of potential fraud.

24
Jun
Statement from Auditor Yost on Passing of John F. Wolfe

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the passing of John F. Wolfe.

24
May
Statement from Auditor Yost on Ohio House’s Passage of House Bill 5

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 5.

10
May
16th Year of Fraud Conference Sees Continued Increase in Turnout, Interest in Fraud Prevention

Nearly 700 People Attend First Day of Two-Day Conference

When Janice D’Alessandro worked on her first statewide Fraud Conference in 2002, about 115 people attended the training program offered through the state Auditor’s office.

04
May
Auditor Yost Announces Ohio Charter School Summit

Auditor of State Dave Yost will host Ohio’s first statewide Charter School Summit this summer to provide school educators and administrators with financial, professional and academic training.

03
May
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost on Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding today’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling on White v. King.

03
May
Auditor Dave Yost Receives National Recognition

Commending him for his “bold recommendations” to improve the governance over Ohio’s charter schools, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today named Ohio Auditor Dave Yost as one of its 10 “charter school champions.”

25
Apr
Statement from Auditor Dave Yost on Village of Lincoln Heights

After a careful review of the Village of Lincoln Heights’ (Hamilton County) financial circumstances, we have determined the village does not meet the standards required by law to be placed in a fiscal distress status.

14
Apr
JobsOhio Compliance and Control Engagement Posted to Auditor of State’s Website

The fiscal year 2015 compliance and control engagement of JobsOhio has been completed by the KPMG LLP auditing firm. As part of the agreement signed between the Auditor of State’s office and JobsOhio, the report is now available to the public via the Auditor of State’s website. 

30
Mar
Auditor of State’s Office Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Auditor of State’s office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2015.

30
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Preble County Historical Society Executive Director Mellanie “Jane” Lightner.

21
Mar
Auditor Yost Appoints Former Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison as Communications Director

Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today that former Columbus Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison will be joining the Auditor of State’s office as Communications Director for the Public Affairs Department.

08
Mar
Community College Leaders Voice Support for House Bill 384

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) voted unanimously today to pass a resolution in support of House Bill 384.

17
Feb
Auditor Yost Recognizes Taxpayer Heroes

Auditor of State Dave Yost presented Taxpayer Hero Awards to three communities on Monday in recognition of their successful collaboration at the Southwest Summit Communications Center.

04
Feb
Auditor Yost Launches Special Audit at Metropolitan Sewer District

Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today the launch of a special audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Greater Cincinnati.  The special audit comes at the request of Hamilton County and Cincinnati officials in light of recent concerns about MSD’s competitive bidding, contracts and payments.  The Auditor of State’s Special Audit Task Force met today to review the information and determined a special audit is appropriate. 

27
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 384.

26
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Ohio Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 60 - legislation to rename a portion of I-670 the Dana G. "Buck" Rinehart Memorial Highway.

26
Jan
Auditor Yost Receives Award from the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

Auditor of State Dave Yost today received the President’s Partnering for Quality Award at the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities’ annual membership luncheon. 

19
Jan
Support Builds for House Bill 384

Support is growing for House Bill 384 to expand performance audits to Ohio’s public colleges and universities.  Key testimony provided today to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee highlighted the merits of the legislation.  Those providing testimony included nationally-known economist Dr. Richard Vedder and Greg Lawson of The Buckeye Institute.  The bill passed out of the committee on a unanimous vote.

11
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Perrysburg Exempted Village School District employee Eric Whitson.

14
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in response to former Perrysburg Exempted Village School District employee Eric Whitson’s guilty plea today.

09
Nov
Statewide School Head Count Conducted Today

As promised in September, Auditor of State Dave Yost conducted an attendance count today at 10 traditional public schools and 45 charter schools statewide.  

02
Nov
House Bill 384 Introduced Today

Proposed Legislation Grants Auditor of State Authority to Conduct Performance Audits of Institutions of Higher Learning

Auditor of State Dave Yost partnered with members of the Ohio General Assembly to draft House Bill 384, which gives the Auditor of State’s office the authority to conduct performance audits of Ohio’s institutions of higher education.  Representatives Tim Schaffer and Mike Duffey today introduced the legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives.

07
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in support of the General Assembly's expected passage of Sub. H.B. No. 2 to reform Ohio's charter school system.

29
Sep
Former Preble County Historical Society Executive Director Indicted

An Auditor of State partnership with the Preble County Prosecutor and Sheriff led to the indictment of former Preble County Historical Society Executive Director Mellanie “Jane” Lightner. 

27
Aug
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Columbus City Schools Administrator Michael Dodds.

16
Jul
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s announcement of an investigation into Ohio’s non-profit abortion clinics.

08
Jul
Government Data Quality Sparks National Attention

Auditor Yost Weighs in with GOVERNING magazine

Auditor of State Dave Yost weighed in on the importance of data quality in government in this month’s GOVERNING magazine. 

29
Jun
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in response to former Columbus City Schools administrator Michael Dodds’ plea today of “no contest” to three felony charges.

29
Jun
Auditor Yost Sends Letter in Support of HJR 4

Auditor of State Dave Yost sent a letter today to the Senate Rules and Reference Committee in support of House Joint Resolution 4, which seeks to bar individuals from writing special interests into the Ohio Constitution.

16
Jun
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the proposed constitutional amendment introduced today in the Ohio House. 

12
May
Auditor Yost Unveils Public Integrity Assurance Team

Auditor of State Dave Yost today took the fight against public corruption to the next level with the announcement of the new Public Integrity Assurance Team – a single source of expertise for investigating fraud in government.

30
Apr
Auditor of State’s Office Receives Clean Audit

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2014. 

29
Apr
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

House Bill 5 Passage

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the passage of House Bill 5.

20
Apr
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding today’s omnibus amendment to Substitute House Bill 64.

14
Apr
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning Mahoning County’s pledge to post its spending on OhioCheckbook.com.

08
Apr
Auditor of State’s Office Earns Highest Peer Review Rating

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has received the highest possible rating from a peer review conducted by the National State Auditors Association (NSAA).

26
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement made by Auditor of State Dave Yost is regarding the passage of Ohio House Bill 2.

20
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly.

12
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces “Sunshine Audit” Initiative

Long, expensive legal battles can be prevented through the new “Sunshine Audit” announced today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

26
Feb
State of Ohio Single Audit Shows Drastic Drop in Questioned Costs

The 2014 State of Ohio Single Audit identified a 96 percent drop in the state’s federal questioned costs from the previous year, according to a report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

26
Feb
State of Ohio Single Audit Identifies School Issues

A charter school received more than $88,000, but its doors never opened, according to the 2014 State of Ohio Single Audit report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

22
Jan
Auditor Yost Releases Report on Statewide Community School Attendance Count

An unannounced, statewide head count of community school attendance found as few as zero students in one school, according to a report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

14
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Concerning the sentencing of former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris

Auditor of State Dave Yost's statement concerning the sentencing of former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris.

02
Jan
JobsOhio Compliance and Control Engagement Posted on Auditor’s Website

The fiscal year 2013 compliance and control engagement of JobsOhio has been completed by the KPMG LLP auditing firm and is available on the Auditor of State's website.

17
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost made a statement concerning the Ohio General Assembly’s passage of bipartisan redistricting reform legislation.

16
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Regarding a Fordham Institute Report on Ohio's Charter School Sector

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Fordham Institute’s report released today.

24
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost made the following statement regarding the sentencing of former Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy Superintendent Lisa Hamm.

14
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the guilty plea entered today by former Marion-Franklin High School assistant principal Stanley Pyle.

30
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Regarding the indictment of former Pike County employee Darla Smith

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding today’s indictment of former Pike County employee Darla Smith.

06
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Regarding the sentencing of David Smalley

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding today’s sentencing of David Smalley.

29
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding today’s sentencing of former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley.

15
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Guilty plea entered today by David Smalley

Auditor of State Dave Yost makes the following statement regarding the guilty plea entered today by David Smalley. 

09
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the sentencing of former South-Western City Schools Accounts-Payable Manager, Trixie Belew.

14
Aug
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost's statement regarding the guilty plea entered today by former Fairfield County Clerk of Court, Deborah Smalley. 

31
Jul
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement is regarding the negotiated plea by former Columbus City Schools employee Steve Tankovich.

11
Jul
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost issued a statement regarding the guilty plea entered by former Brown County Deputy Clerk of Courts Heather Tapp.

09
Jul
Auditor of State’s Office Wins Excellence in Accountability Award

The Auditor of State’s 2012 special audit of Cuyahoga Heights Local School District has received an Excellence in Accountability Award by the National State Auditors Association (NSAA).

26
Jun
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the untimely passing of Representative Terry Blair.

26
Jun
Auditor Yost Unveils ShareOhio.gov

Auditor of State Dave Yost today launched a website that will, at no cost to local governments, help communities share equipment to save taxpayer dollars.

05
Jun
Auditor of State Dave Yost Releases Android Version of Ohio Stops Fraud App

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s Ohio Stops Fraud mobile application is now available for Android users.

18
Mar
Auditor Yost Reviews Sunshine Law Procedures of 48 Entities

Auditor of State Dave Yost reviewed public records policies and procedures of 48 government entities, giving recommendations to 19 for improvements.

14
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement is regarding the unexpected resignation of Hamilton Township Fiscal Officer Jackie Terwilleger.

05
Mar
Auditor Yost Recognizes Taxpayer Heroes

Auditor of State Dave Yost recognized two individuals with the Taxpayer Hero Award today at the Local Government Officials Conference (LGOC). 

31
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Today’s indictment of Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is the result, in part, from audit findings from 2011 and 2012 by Auditor of State Dave Yost that Mr. Kelly had improperly paid for personal clothing, meals and party supplies using public funds.

28
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the Columbus City School District’s movement to terminate four principals.

27
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the indictments of former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and husband David Smalley.

23
Jan
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Next to Receive Performance Audit

Auditor of State Dave Yost today announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be the next state agency to undergo a performance audit as required by Ohio law.   

08
Jan
Auditor Yost Launches iPhone App to Help Fight Fraud

Auditor of State Dave Yost unveiled today Ohio Stops Fraud – a new iPhone app to report suspected fraud in public offices across the state.

05
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the resignation of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley

05
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the resignation of Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley

30
Aug
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding this morning’s conviction of former Henry County Commissioner Richard Myers.

20
Mar
Belle Valley Saves 90 percent of Audit Costs

State Auditor Introduces Lower Cost Option

The Village of Belle Valley (Noble County) saved 90 percent of its traditional audit costs in its first “basic audit,” a new procedure introduced last year by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

20
Mar
Spring Valley Park District Saves 77 percent of Audit Costs

State Auditor Introduces Lower Cost Option

The Spring Valley Park District (Greene County) saved 77 percent of its traditional audit costs in its first “basic audit."

19
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost issues a statement regarding a subpoena to JobsOhio for records.

11
Mar
Auditor Examines Sunshine Compliance at 20 Counties and Cities

Sunshine law compliance throughout Ohio will be examined this week at 20 representative counties and cities, Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today. The work fulfills a promise made during Sunshine Week in 2011 to audit public records compliance during the 2012 audit cycle.

07
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost: "The Governor and I have the same goal:..."

27
Feb
First “Basic Audit” Saves More Than 85% in Audit Costs

The Beaver Union Cemetery (Pike County) saved $2,900, more than 85% of its prior audit costs, through the use of a new “basic audit” procedure.

27
Feb
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost released a statement regarding the Ohio Department of Education’s actions following the release of the statewide audit of student attendance data.

25
Jan
Expected Release of Statewide School Attendance Audit

The Auditor of State’s office final report on the statewide school attendance audit will be released February 11.

24
Jan
Auditor Yost Appoints Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp as Chief Legal Counsel

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp will bring his vast legal expertise to the Auditor of State’s office to serve as Chief Legal Counsel to Auditor of State Dave Yost and staff.

20
Dec
Auditor Yost Wraps Up, Reflects on 2012

With a new year quickly approaching, the Auditor of State's Office marks the end of 2012, as well as the first half of Auditor Dave Yost’s term as State Auditor.

17
Dec
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost issues a statement regarding the announcement that state Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro is retiring February 1, 2013.

27
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost issued a statement regarding the Ohio Supreme Court ruling that the state apportionment board’s redrawing of state legislative boundaries is constitutional.

19
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

A statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the sentencing today in the Belmont County Court of Common Pleas of former Bellaire water clerk Lisa Flaherty.

18
Oct
Auditor of State’s Office Receives a Clean Audit

The Office of Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost received a clean audit opinion for fiscal year 2012 and earned a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for the office’s fiscal year 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

09
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

Auditor of State Dave Yost issued a statement regarding the City of Akron Financial Audit report released today.

09
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost Regarding State Board of Education Action Today on Student Identifier Information

Auditor of State Dave Yost issues the following statement regarding the state Board of Education’s support of his recommendation that the General Assembly change state law to give the Ohio Department of Education access to student names.

12
Sep
Auditor of State Adopts Lower-Cost Audit Process

Villages, Townships, Special Governments Eligible Could Cut Audit Costs in Half

Auditor of State Dave Yost today adopted new audit policies that could save one in four Ohio governments as much as half of their traditional full audit costs.

12
Sep
Chief Deputy Auditor Bob Hinkle Sworn in as President of Ohio GFOA

Chief Deputy Auditor Bob Hinkle today was sworn in as the president of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

06
Sep
Audit of State Aircraft Use Released

Audit Cites Need for Formal Policies and Procedures

The State of Ohio has too many planes, fragmented accounting for their costs and nonexistent standards governing their use, according to an audit of ODOT’s Office of Aviation released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

03
Jul
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the decision to put $235 million of surplus state funds into the “Rainy Day Fund.”

19
Jun
Auditor Yost Taps Andrew Bodzak as New Investigator

Auditor of State Dave Yost recently swore in Andrew Bodzak as the new investigator in the Special Investigations Unit for the Youngstown and Akron-Canton areas.

05
Jun
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in response to Gov. Kasich’s signing today of H.B. 326, which creates a misdemeanor penalty for violations of existing law prohibiting the use of public funds to support or oppose a levy or bond issue.

04
May
Online Fraud Report Database Goes Live Today

An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live today, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost.

20
Apr
City of Elyria Receives LEAP Funds

Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today the City of Elyria will receive LEAP funding for a performance audit, which will help streamline operations and identify potential savings for the city’s taxpayers.

12
Mar
Only 6 in 10 Cities Make Timely Response to Public Records Requests

Results Reported for Sunshine Week

Only 60 percent of Ohio cities responded promptly to a recent request for public records by the Auditor of State’s office.

24
Feb
TARTA Audit Moves Toward Completion after Documentation Submitted

After being placed on the “unauditable” list in January, the Toledo Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) submitted the necessary documentation to allow the audit to move toward completion.

31
Jan
Combined General Health District Chips Away at Deficit

“This is a major step in the right direction,” Auditor of State Dave Yost said.  “The tough decisions being made by the Jackson County Combined General Health District will benefit the county’s taxpayers for years to come.”

25
Jan
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in response to today’s action by the General Assembly on H.B. 66.

17
Jan
Auditor of State Takes on Food Stamp Fraud

Offers Recommendations to ODJFS

The State of Ohio reissued nearly 340,000 food stamp EBT cards in 2011 – and 17,000 recipients received 10 or more reissued cards, according to an evaluation of the program by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

17
Jan
State Auditor Issues $74,500 in Findings of Undocumented Medicaid Payments

More than $142,000 in Findings Against Provider Since August

An audit of Lincare, Inc., a national Medicaid provider specializing in durable medical equipment, including oxygen equipment, included more than $74,500 in findings.

04
Jan
Statement by Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost in response to yesterday’s sentencing of Ann Johns, former Defiance County Deputy Clerk of Common Pleas Court.

03
Nov
Auditor Yost Launches Toolkit on SkinnyOhio.org

Resources to Help Local Governments Cope with Dwindling Dollars

“It’s one thing to say governments ought to share services,” Auditor Yost said. “It’s another thing to give them the tools they need to do it.”

11
Oct
Auditor of State’s Office Receives a Clean Audit

“Each year, my office releases audits of approximately 4,000 Ohio governments, and just as those governments must be examined, so must the Auditor of State’s office,” Yost said. “Independence and accountability are essential companions to government services, and I thank the independent auditors for their work.”

27
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

“This is not a small matter. A government that can use our own money to influence our votes is no longer our servant, but our master,” Auditor Yost said. “I am thankful to Rep. McClain, Rep. Hill and Chairman Slaby for their quick action on this important legislation.”

20
Sep
Auditor Yost Partners with Secretary Husted and Reps. McClain and Hill to Crack Down on Campaign Finance Law Violators.

“Taxpayer money and politics do not mix,” Auditor Yost said. “Government managers who can’t tell the difference deserve a season pass to their local jail.

31
Aug
Statement by Auditor Dave Yost

In response to a letter dated Aug 31, 2011 sent by six Democrat members of the Ohio House of Representatives to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Auditor of State Dave Yost issued the following statement:

10
Aug
Auditor Yost Announces Implementation of SB 4 Performance Audit Legislation

Introduces the Ohio Performance Team and Petro Fellows

The process of “skinnying down” Ohio government has begun with Auditor of State Dave Yost announcing today the formation of a new team of “Change Champions” charged with the task of conducting state agency performance audits.

12
Jul
Auditor Dave Yost Announces LEAP Fund Recipients

“I am thrilled to announce the first recipients of LEAP funds,” Auditor Yost said. “Performance audits can help lay the foundation for “skinny” government, and the LEAP Fund provides access to the entities that need one most. My office is looking forward to getting down to business and searching for savings for each of these six entities.”

29
Jun
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

“I applaud Governor Kasich and members of the General Assembly for doing what some said couldn’t be done – they fixed the state budget, without raising taxes,” Auditor Yost said. “I am especially pleased that the legislation includes my proposals to break down barriers for local communities looking to come together to address their fiscal woes. It is time for a new way of doing business in Ohio.”

20
Jun
Auditor Dave Yost to Save Over $1 Million Through New Lease Agreement

“Sometimes you have to get to the negotiation table and arm wrestle,” Auditor Yost said. “I’m happy to see the taxpayers win one.”

15
Jun
JOINT RELEASE: Treasurer Mandel and Auditor Yost Encourage Any New Budget Revenues go to Replenish Ohio’s Rainy Day Fund

State Treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel and Auditor of State Dave Yost today sent a letter to Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus and Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder encouraging the legislature to use any new revenues to replenish Ohio’s rainy day fund.

10
Jun
JOINT RELEASE: Agency Performance Audit List Finalized

Ohio Housing Finance Agency to Join Education, Jobs and Family Services and Transportation in First Round of Reviews

31
May
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost concerning the sentencing of former Village of Alger fiscal officer Jackie Prine.

“Today’s sentence makes it clear – if you steal from the public, there will be serious consequences,” Auditor of State Dave Yost said. “I commend Judge Hart for standing up for the people of Alger and ensuring their tax dollars are returned.”

12
May
State Laptop is Stolen during Home Break-In

The Findlay home of a regional auditor for the Auditor of State’s Office was burglarized according to a police report received by the Auditor of State’s Office on May 10, 2011. Among the items stolen from the home was a state laptop computer containing limited information acquired during audits.

09
May
Auditor Dave Yost Unveils SkinnyOhio.org

Online Idea Clearinghouse for Local Governments Seeking Efficiency

Auditor of State Dave Yost unveiled today the new SkinnyOhio.org website - an online clearinghouse of strategies devoted to smarter, streamlined government.

22
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

House Bill 66 requires the Auditor of State to establish a reporting system so Ohioans may anonymously report fraud, waste and misuse of taxpayer dollars.

02
Mar
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the sentencing of former Village of Ripley Utility Clerk Kathy Lang.

23
Feb
Statement from Auditor of State Dave Yost

The following may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the passage of Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 2.

19
Aug
Taylor Places Mansfield in Fiscal Emergency

City is largest municipality currently under state supervision

13
May
Taylor Announces Tenth Annual Fraud Conference

Sessions will highlight cutting-edge investigation and prevention techniques

16
Mar
Auditor Taylor Celebrates Sunshine Week in Ohio

Office Releases Updated Sunshine Law Manual, Hosts Public Records Training Sessions

01
Jul
Auditor of State Mary Taylor Receives State of Ohio’s Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Statements

Following the administration’s delay in providing financial records, work can now proceed on state’s financial audit

03
Jun
Taylor Develops Informative Web Site to Help Ohioans Track Billions in Federal Stimulus Funds

www.OhioStimulusTracker.com aids state audit process, fights fraud

16
Apr
Taylor Urges Caution with State Budget Proposal, Says Change Needed Now to Avoid Shortfall in the Future

State Auditor warns of $7.9 billion shortfall in FY 2012-13 if current budget bill goes unchanged

20
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

Auditor of State Mary Taylor issued the following statement regarding the Ohio Inspector General’s report released today:

10
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

Auditor of State Mary Taylor issued the following statement regarding the state’s projected budget shortfall:

04
Sep
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

Auditor of State Mary Taylor issued the following statement regarding the removal of issue 4 from the November ballot:

30
Jul
Taylor Touts Office Accomplishments and Benefits of Public Service

Auditor addresses Association of Government Accountants

08
Jan
Taylor Looks Forward to 2008

Outlines Accomplishments Made During First Year in Office

07
Nov
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Mary Taylor regarding the Ohio House of Representatives concurrence of House Bill 166 (Schindel).

09
Oct
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Mary Taylor regarding the Ohio House of Representatives passage of House Bill 166 (Schindel).

18
Sep
Taylor Hosts Medicaid Reform Discussions

$13 Billion State Program Assessed for Efficiency and Effectiveness

26
Jul
Statement from Auditor of State Mary Taylor

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Mary Taylor regarding Governor Ted Strickland’s executive order 2007-25S.

16
Jul
Taylor Launches New Web Site for Auditor’s Office

New Reports to Help Improve Transparency in Government Spending