State of Arizona Office of the Auditor General



Department of Economic Security—Population Estimates Process (January 2004, Report No. 04-L3)


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.

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