2021 Technical Bulletins
2021-001 Letter of Representation by Retiring Head of State Agency
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide state agencies, including elected officials, with information regarding the applicability and process related to the letter of representation and related inventory required by ORC §117.17. This bulletin serves only to provide guidance from the Auditor of State’s (AOS) office as to how best to meet these requirements and supersedes Auditor of State Bulletin 2002-009 and all other previous AOS communications regarding the inventory and letter of representation.
If you have any questions regarding the information presented in the Bulletin, email the Auditor of State–State Region
2021-002 Community School Loans to Other Community Schools
The purpose of this Bulletin is to clearly state that the Auditor of State finds no legal authority allowing Ohio community schools to make loans of public funds, as communicated in section 1-12 of the 2021 Ohio Compliance Supplement. Where such loans are made without legal authority, the Auditor of State shall issue a finding for recovery.
If you have any questions regarding the information in the Bulletin, email the Center for Audit Excellence, or a Community School Specialist
2021-003 Consumer Price Index (CPI)
This bulletin has been superseded by Bulletin 2022-001. See the spreadsheet at the top of the Current Official Bulletins page for more information.
2021-004 Separate Accountability for Federal Programs Authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2) (ARP), a $1.9 trillion economic COVID-19 stimulus package, was signed into law on March 11, 2021. ARP provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. As part of this package, $350 billion in additional funding is being provided to state and local governments, as well as additional funding for other areas including, but not limited to, education, rental assistance, and transit.
2021-005 Ohio Revised Code §117.171 – Certificate of Transition by Outgoing Fiscal Officer (UPDATED)
The purpose of this bulletin is to prescribe the form and substance of the Certificate of Transition by outgoing fiscal officer as required by recently enacted §117.171 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). All county treasurers and fiscal officers as defined by ORC §5705.01 (D), shall timely complete and submit the Auditor of State (AOS) Certificate of Transition to document compliance with ORC §117.171 and to record all required inventory.
2021-006 Hourly Billing Rates and Allocation of Audit Costs
This bulletin has been superseded by Bulletin 2022-006. See the spreadsheet at the top of the Current Official Bulletins page for more information.
2021-007 Community School Compliance with Public Records & Open Meetings Laws
The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide the Auditor of State’s interpretation that the annual public records and open meetings laws training for Community School officers and certain employees must be training that is certified by the Ohio Attorney General in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §109.43(B).
This bulletin has been revised as of Aug. 31, 2022: The Auditor of State has extended the implementation date of this bulletin by one year. This means auditors will begin testing compliance with community school Public Records & Open Meetings Laws for audit periods beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2024. The remaining content of this bulletin is unchanged from the original bulletin issued Oct. 21, 2021.