The Office of the Auditor provides the Legislature and the public with accurate, objective, and timely information to promote improvement in state government.


Recent Reports

Follow-up on Recommendation Made in Report No. 12-04, Study of the Transfer of Non-General Funds to the General Fund

This report follows up on the recommendation we made to the Department of the Attorney General in Report No. 12-04, which reviewed the AG’s process for determining the propriety of transfers of non-general funds to the general fund. We now find that, as we recommended, the department has developed a checklist to help determine the propriety of transfers. The department has also conducted training in the use of the checklist.

General Fund Portion of State Operating Budget

General Fund Portion of State Operating Budget


Report 15-02 Financial and Program Audit of the Deposit Beverage Container Program, June 30, 2014

This is our fifth audit of the Deposit Beverage Container Program. As in our previous audits, we found that the program relies on self-reported data from distributors that may be fraudulently or erroneously under-reporting beverage containers sold or distributed, and certified redemption centers that may be fraudulently or erroneously over-reporting beverage containers redeemed. This systemic flaw, coupled with the absence of a detailed audit function, exposed the program to abuse and risk of fraud since program inception.
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Overview of the Deposit and Redemption Process


 A Study of Proposed Special and Revolving Funds

Legislation adopted to promote the efficient allocation of public funds between general fund and special, revolving, and trust funds seems to be having an impact.  Only one of the 44 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2015 legislative session met amended statutory criteria for establishing such funds.  In 2014, none of the 37 funds proposed met the criteria.
Summary or Full Report

Few proposed funds have met criteria under Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi 2013

Few proposed funds have met criteria under Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi 2013


Report 15-01 Audit of the Hawaiʻi Health Connector

We found the Hawaiʻi Health Connector’s Board of Directors should have noted numerous warning signs and exerted more vigorous effort in planning, oversight, and leadership. The Connector had problems with its procurement and administration of contracts, and noncompliance with federal regulations may put grant funds at risk.
Summary or Full Report

Connector IT and Related Contracts

Connector IT and Related Contracts


Report 14-18 Review of Special Funds, Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the University of Hawaiʻi

We reported on 65 funds and accounts, 30 special funds, 22 revolving funds, and 13 trust funds and trust accounts. We used criteria developed by the Legislature as well as by our office from a review of public finance and accounting literature and found 17 of the 65 funds and accounts did not meet applicable fund criteria.
Summary or Full Report

Cash Balances for UH Non-General Funds, FY2010-2014 (in millions)

Cash Balances for UH Non-General Funds, FY2010-2014 (in millions)


Report 14-17 A Study to Identify Local Alternatives to Shipping Non-Deposit Glass out of the State of Hawaiʻi

The study found there is no single alternative option that would remove all or most non-deposit glass from the waste stream in Hawaiʻi. The study also emphasizes that glass is a low-value commodity which makes nearly every optionincluding recycling, down-cycling, or disposing glass in a landfillcostly to implement.
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Environmental hierarchy of glass recycling (figure adapted from McDonough and Braugart, 2008)

Environmental hierarchy of glass recycling (figure adapted from McDonough and Braugart, 2008)


Report 14-16 Audit of the Department of Health’s Glass Advance Disposal Fee Program

We found the state’s solid waste disposal goals are outdated and the glass ADF program lacks performance goals that are tied to a clear mission. As a result, it is unclear what the glass ADF program is supposed to accomplish and how to measure its progress.
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Glass Advance Disposal Fee Process Source: Advance Disposal Fee and Office of the Auditor

Glass Advance Disposal Fee Process
Source: Advance Disposal Fee and Office of the Auditor


Report 14-15 Sunrise Analysis: Regulation of Veterinary Technicians

We found that the current proposal is motivated primarily by an industry effort to establish national professional standards.  We also found that the regulation would restrict certain qualified individuals from entering the field of veterinary technology, and that the effect of regulation on cost to consumers is unknown. On balance, there is no demonstrable need for the State to regulate veterinary technicians in Hawaiʻi.
Summary or Full Report

Regulation of Veterinary Technicians in the U.S.

Regulation of Veterinary Technicians in the U.S.


Report 14-14 Sunrise Analysis: Regulation of Herbal Therapists

The purpose of the bill is to establish licensing requirements for contemporary herbal healers from all ancestries and for the benefit of the public as a whole. Proponents of regulation could not provide evidence that herbal therapy presents a clear and present danger to consumers.
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Photo of a Chinese Herbal Medicine Shop in Downtown Honolulu Source: Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Photo of a Chinese Herbal Medicine Shop in Downtown Honolulu
Source: Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


State-County Functions Working Group (Transient Accommodations Tax) Interim Report

The State-County Functions Working Group is comprised of 13 members responsible for evaluating the division of duties and responsibilities between State and counties relating to the provision of public services.  Prior to the 2016 Regular Session, it must submit a recommendation to the Legislature on the appropriate allocation of transient accommodations tax revenues between the State and counties.
Full Report

TAT Collections and Rates, FY2004-FY2013 Source: Hawai'i Department of Taxation, Annual Report 2012-2013 and Office of the Auditor

TAT Collections and Rates, FY2004-FY2013
Source: Hawai’i Department of Taxation, Annual Report 2012-2013 and Office of the Auditor


Report No. 14-13 Review of Special Funds, Revolving Funds, Trust Funds and Trust Accounts of the Departments of the Attorney General and Business, Economic Development and Tourism

We reported on 74 funds and accounts; 27 special funds, 22 revolving funds, and 25 trust funds and trust accounts. We used criteria developed by the Legislature as well as by our office from a review of public finance and accounting literature and found 19 of the 74 funds and accounts did not meet applicable fund criteria.
Summary or Full Report

Cash Balances for ATG Non-General Funds, FY2010-FY2014

Cash Balances for ATG Non-General Funds, FY2010-FY2014


Report No. 14-12 Sunrise Analysis: Regulation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

We found that regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of qualifying patients in Hawaiʻi.  Without regulated dispensaries, patients’ health is jeopardized because a product’s strength, strain, and lack of contaminants cannot be verified.
Summary or Full Report

Photo of Different Strains of Medical Marijuana and Corresponding Labels Source: Harborside Health Center, San Jose, California

Photo of Different Strains of Medical Marijuana and Corresponding Labels
Source: Harborside Health Center, San Jose, California


Report No. 14-11 Audit of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The SFCA commission focuses its attention on operations such as art acquisition rather than policy and planning and has neglected sunshine law. It adopted an unrealistic strategic plan that fails to address about $3 million in surplus arts funds. The SFCA also needs to improve management of its special fund and collection of art work.
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Photo of University of Hawai'i Cancer Center Sculpture Dedication, June 2014

Photo of University of Hawai’i Cancer Center Sculpture Dedication, June 2014


 

Recent Financial Audits

State of Hawaiʻi Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – June 30, 2014

The State received an unmodified opinion that the financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
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State of Hawaiʻi Single Audit Report – June 30, 2014

Auditors from Accuity LLP reported one material weakness and two significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting. They also found five material weaknesses and 22 significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance.
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Department of Accounting and General Services, Stadium Authority – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

Auditors from KKDLY LLC found no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Department of Accounting and General Services, State Motor Pool Revolving Fund – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

Auditors from Egami & Ichikawa CPAs, Inc., reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Department of Accounting and General Services, State Parking Revolving Fund – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

Auditors from Egami & Ichikawa CPAs, Inc., reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Department of the Attorney General – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from Akamine, Oyadomari & Kosaki, CPAs reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses. However, they identified a deficiency in internal controls over financial reporting that is considered to be a significant deficiency. There were no findings that were considered to be material weaknesses in internal control over compliance. In other matters, the auditors found that controls were lacking to ensure compliance with federal grant subrecipient monitoring requirements and the deficit fund balance of $2 million in the CSEA agency funds needs to be resolved.
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Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from Accuity LLP found no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Department of Education – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from N&K CPAs, Inc. reported no deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. However they found a significant deficiency in internal controls over financial reporting . The auditors also found a deficiency in internal controls over compliance that was considered to be a material weakness.
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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from Accuity LLP reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.  There were no findings that were considered to be material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.
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Department of Health – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from N&K CPAs, Inc. identified three significant deficiencies and no material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting. They also reported three material weaknesses and five significant deficiencies in internal controls over compliance.
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Department of Health, Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Loan Fund – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from N&K CPAs, Inc. reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. There were no findings that were considered to be material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.

Department of Health, Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from N&K CPAs, Inc. reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. There were no findings that were considered to be material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.

Department of Human Services – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from KMH LLP reported one material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting. They also reported 18 material weaknesses and one significant deficiency in internal controls over compliance.
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Department of Human Services, Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from KMH LLP reported a significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting and two deficiencies in internal control over compliance that were considered material weaknesses.
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Department of Transportation, Administration Division – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

The auditors from CW Associates, A Hawaiʻi Corporation reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. However, there were two deficiencies in internal controls over compliance that were considered to be significant deficiencies.
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Department of Transportation, Airports Division – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

Auditors from KPMG LLP reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. There were no findings that were considered to be material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.
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Department of Transportation, Airports Division – June 30, 2014 Single Audit Report

 

Department of Transportation, Harbors Division – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from KKDLY LLC reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Department of Transportation Highways Division – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from KKDLY LLC identified two significant deficiencies and no material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting. They also reported three significant deficiencies in internal controls over compliance.
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Department of Transportation Highways Division – June 30, 2014 Single Audit Report

 

Department of Transportation Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements and Single Audit Report

Auditors from Gilford Sato & Associates, CPAs, Inc. reported six material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting. They also found two material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.
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Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

Auditors from Ohata Chun Yuen LLP reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Hawaiʻi Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from KKDLY LLC found no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority – June 30, 2014 Financial Statements

The auditors from KPMG LLP reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Employees’ Retirement System – June 30, 2013 Financial Statements

The auditors from KMPG LLP found no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that were considered to be material weaknesses and no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.
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Hawaiʻi Convention Center – June 30, 2012 Financial Statements

The auditors from KPMG LLP reported no deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting. They also found no material weaknesses in internal control over compliance.
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