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Arizona Department of Administration—State-wide Procurement

Arizona Department of Administration—State-wide Procurement

The Arizona Department of Administration (Department) is the State’s central procurement authority with responsibility to procure and supervise state purchases of goods and services. Some important elements of a sound state-wide procurement system include a strategic plan, a comprehensive procurement manual, and oversight and management of procurement processes and activities. Although the Department has updated its strategic plan to better focus on improving the state procurement system, it needs to strengthen its procurement strategic planning by conducting an assessment of the state-wide procurement system, developing specific action steps to implement the plan, and developing and monitoring sufficient performance measures. The Department also needs to develop a comprehensive procurement manual to guide the solicitation and administration of state contracts. Finally, the Department should further strengthen its oversight of state agencies’ procurements by implementing a risk-based compliance review approach and improving its compliance review checklist and policy.

 

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Payson Unified School District

Payson Unified School District

In fiscal year 2012, Payson Unified School District’s student achievement was slightly higher than peer district averages, and the District’s operations were reasonably efficient in most areas. The District’s administrative costs were similar to the peer district average, but the District lacked adequate controls over user access to its computer network and systems. The District’s plant operations cost per square foot was similar to the peer districts’ average, but its cost per pupil was higher because it operated more building space per pupil. The District’s transportation program costs were higher than peer district averages, but the program was reasonably efficient, with efficient bus routes and proper fuel usage monitoring. However, the District’s food service program was less than efficient, with a higher cost per meal than the peer districts’ average because of higher staffing costs and some food service vendor contract terms that were not favorable to the District. As a result, the District spent $24,590 of its Maintenance and Operations Fund monies to subsidize its food service program.

 

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Arizona Department of Child Safety—Child Abuse or Neglect Reports, Substantiation Rate, and Office of Child Welfare Investigations

Arizona Department of Child Safety—Child Abuse or Neglect Reports, Substantiation Rate, and Office of Child Welfare Investigations

This report is in response to 2014 legislation and found that the number of child abuse or neglect reports in Arizona has been similar to or exceeded the national average, and although Arizona’s rate of substantiated child abuse or neglect cases has been increasing, it was below the national average. Finally, based on information provided by investigative agencies from 25 states, Texas is the only state we identified with a unit similar to Arizona’s Office of Child Welfare Investigations that investigates criminal allegations of child abuse or neglect. The other states’ investigative agencies indicated that child abuse investigations involve two parties—child safety caseworkers and law enforcement—but not a third investigative unit.

 

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Yucca Elementary School District—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies

Yucca Elementary School District—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies

Our investigation revealed that from November 2010 to January 2013, Shannon Cavalliere, former Yucca Elementary School District business manager, embezzled and misused $4,361 of public monies for her own benefit. On February 19, 2015, the Mohave County Grand Jury indicted Ms. Cavalliere on felony charges related to theft, misuse of public monies, and fraudulent schemes.

 

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Arizona School District Spending (Classroom Dollars) Fiscal Year 2014

Arizona School District Spending (Classroom Dollars) Fiscal Year 2014

Between fiscal years 2001 and 2014, Arizona’s total operational spending per pupil increased 41 percent. Despite this increase, per pupil spending in Arizona continued to trail the national average both in total and in the classroom. In fiscal year 2014, for the second consecutive year, Arizona districts spent 53.8 percent of available operating dollars on instruction—the lowest percentage since we began monitoring this in fiscal year 2001. The state-wide percentage decreased every year between fiscal years 2004 and 2013 before remaining flat in fiscal year 2014. At the same time, the percentages spent on administration, plant operations, food service, transportation, student support, and instruction support have all increased. Although factors outside a district’s control—such as district size, type, and location—can affect its efficiency, some districts operate efficiently and have lower costs despite these factors, while others do not. Finally, analysis of six measures found 57 of 208 districts had a moderate to high financial stress level.

 

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Glendale Union High School District—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies

Glendale Union High School District—Theft and Misuse of Public Monies

Our investigation revealed that from November 2008 to April 2010, Shannon May, former bookstore manager for Independence High School, embezzled and misused $70,382 of public monies that should have benefited students. On February 18, 2015, the Arizona State Grand Jury indicted Ms. May on felony charges related to theft, misuse of public monies, fraudulent schemes, and forgery.

 

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