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Legislative Audit Validates Significant Improvement in AG Office Under Reyes Administration

Utah Legislative Audit Validates Significant Improvements to Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) in Past 18-Months of Attorney General Sean Reyes Leadership

AG Reyes Thanks Auditors for Helping to Address Inherited Issues in the OAG

SALT LAKE CITY June 23, 2015 – In written responses to the Utah Legislative Performance Audit of the Office of the Utah Attorney General (OAG) and In-depth Budget Review of the Office of the Utah Attorney General, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes expressed his appreciation to the auditors for validating the significant improvement in the Office of the Attorney General over the past 18-months in areas that his office has prioritized and addressed with the Legislature’s support. In addition, he thanked the audit team, “My team appreciates the work and timing of these audits as they address long-standing issues my administration inherited and has been working tirelessly to correct.”

The reports were presented today in the Audit Subcommittee of the Legislative Management Committee by Audit Supervisor Brian Dean and responded to by OAG Chief Civil Deputy Brian Tarbet and OAG Chief Administrative Officer Werner Haidenthaller. AG Reyes and Chief Tarbet both thanked and acknowledged the auditors for the comprehensive efforts to assist the OAG in assessing office structures and budget recommendations that will further benefit the people of Utah through continued progress.

In the Performance Audit response, AG Reyes wrote, “By our inviting this audit, as was the case with other audits our team invited from both in-state and out-of-state entities, we hoped to increase transparency, help establish benchmarks from which we can measure our continued improvement and gain additional perspectives on methods to improve the office. Please communicate my personal thanks to each member of the Office of the Legislative Auditor General team for their professionalism and many long hours dedicated to this process. As you noted in the reports, the OAG recognized before this audit, and continues to acknowledge, that outside review is essential and we are continuing to make day-to-day changes towards many of your recommendations.”

The full Performance Audit of the Office of the Utah Attorney General and In-depth Budget Review of the Office of the Utah Attorney General and the Office of the Attorney General’s responses can be found on the Utah State Legislature website at https://le.utah.gov/audit/15_05rpt.pdf and https://le.utah.gov/audit/15_06rpt.pdf.

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