The mission of the Franklin County Auditor's Office is to facilitate honest, transparent, and accurate elections; preserve and allow convenient access to public records; provide accurate, responsive, and efficient licensing services; and ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability of public funds.
Franklin County Making Progress on Aid to Veterans Pasco, WA,
November 2, 2018 — Franklin County is making progress in providing emergency
assistance to Veterans who reside in the County. This following a 2018 State
Auditor’s report that identified fraud, failures by oversight and broken
laws.The circumstances led to years of undeserving veterans and fraud as reported by the Tri-City Herald. Franklin
County Auditor, Matt Beaton, alerted the Washington State Auditor to the
problem and an investigation ensued.“Due to the work of the County Auditor Financial staff, this program is
getting cleaned up. They helped discover and prosecute fraud and reached out to
counties with similar programs around the state to develop “Best Practice”
options for the New Advisory Board to consider,” Beaton said. “Ending the fraud
and lack of oversight in this Veterans program is particularly satisfying.Lots of people talk about helping others, the
actions of these staff are leading to real improvement in services,” Beaton
added.A group committed to veterans has
stepped up and are serving on the new Franklin County Veteran’s Advisory
Board.This Board will meet periodically
and report to the Commissioners on the status of the program. Franklin
County received a management letter from the Washington State Auditor’s Office
as part of an accountability audit completed in April, 2018.The Franklin County Auditor self-reported to
the State Auditor that the county was out of compliance with the commissioners’
Veteran’s policy which required the commissioners establish a Veteran’s
Advisory Board to assist with administering funds meant to provide emergency
assistance.As a result, the
commissioners are focusing on improving the program.They have now established an advisory board
who is becoming active in assisting Veterans who reside in Franklin County with
emergency aid including food, gas and housing.
Check out the full report on the State Auditor's website by clicking here.
I have also posted the exit recommendations for your review. Exit items don't make it in the final report, but highlight deficiencies that should be corrected. You can review the exit recommendations by clicking here.
The Washington State Auditor has released the Franklin County 2016 accountability audit. A finding at the TRAC facility was issued. A management letter detailing issues detected in the County Veteran's Assistance Program are also reported.
For your convenience you can find the most recent SAO Accountability report here by clicking here
Previous Audits of TRAC:
The previous TRAC finding from 3-4-2014 can be found by clicking here