The Department does not prepare its estimates independently,
nor does it provide adequate quality assurance over the data or methods used in
developing them. As a result, the Auditor General recommends that the Department
develop a process to adequately ensure the quality of the estimates produced for
revenue-sharing and expenditure limit determination. In addition, the Department
should employ or contract with a professional demographer with a Ph.D. in
demography to ensure that it has the technical expertise necessary to prepare
population estimates based on sound methodology.