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Request for Proposal for Network and Web Application Security Assessment and Testing

Request for Proposal for Network and Web Application Security Assessment and Testing

The State of Arizona Office of the Auditor General Office is seeking proposals for consulting and technical assistance in conducting a security assessment of the network and a limited number of web applications developed and/or maintained by a State Agency (agency) located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Office anticipates that this assessment may include some combination of vulnerability assessment and automated and manual testing of potential problems to determine potential impact to network and system integrity with a special emphasis on the security of the electronic data collected and maintained by the agency. This assessment will be part of a larger review of information technology security management at the agency being audited by the Office. The Office anticipates awarding the contract for this project by Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Work is expected to commence by Monday, November 10, 2014 and is anticipated to proceed until issuance of the final report, currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Proposals are due on Friday, October 24, 2014.

 

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State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board

State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board

The State of Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (Board) should strengthen its policies and procedures to better ensure that applicants meet all licensing and certification requirements. The Board should also continue to include paper renewal applications in its audits of continuing medical education and develop an electronic mechanism to track its compliance with licensing time frames. Because the executive director investigates complaints but can also dismiss complaints, the Board should have policies establishing when such dismissals are appropriate and have the executive director report on complaint-related actions. In addition, the Board should adopt policies and procedures guiding disciplinary decisions and timely complaint processing. Finally, the Board should improve the timeliness and accuracy of the information it provides to the public.

 

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Arizona Board of Executive Clemency

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency

The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency (Board) is responsible for granting parole to eligible inmates, revoking the parole/community supervision of violators, and recommending clemency actions to the Governor. We identified four areas where the Board can improve its operations. First, although the Board has strengthened its policies to help ensure that board members are free from conflicts of interest, additional steps are needed. Second, the Board should also continue its efforts to develop a formalized, structured decision-making process so that its decisions are objective, consistent, and transparent. Third, the Board should continue its current efforts to better meet revocation hearing timeliness goals and victim notification requirements. Finally, the Board should develop and implement a transition plan to separate its board chair and executive director positions.

 

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Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings

Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings

The Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (Office) was established in 1995 to ensure that the public receives fair and independent administrative hearings. The Office has implemented several controls to help ensure that it provides fair, independent, and timely hearings, but it should implement statutorily required training programs, enhance its policies and procedures for ensuring fair and independent hearings, and better comply with statutory hearing time frame requirements. Additionally, the Office’s method for calculating the rates for its services results in inequitable agency charges, and the Office has further inflated these rates to make up for a shortfall in its State General Fund appropriation. To address these issues, the Office should implement a cost-based rate-setting method to develop consistent rates to charge all agencies for its services, and work with the Legislature to address its State General Fund appropriation shortfall.

 

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Window Rock Unified School District

Window Rock Unified School District

In fiscal year 2011, Window Rock Unified School District’s student achievement was similar to peer districts’ averages overall, but the District operated inefficiently with much higher costs in most operational areas. The District’s per pupil administrative costs were much higher than peer districts’, and it lacked adequate controls over its vehicles, purchasing, cash handling, and computer systems. The District’s plant operations costs were also much higher than peer districts’ because the District maintained substantially more building space per student, which was likely not needed because Window Rock USD operated its schools far below their designed capacities. The District’s food service costs were higher than peer districts’ primarily because the District had high food supply costs, likely from not taking advantage of available federal food commodities. This resulted in the District having to subsidize the program with more than $108,000. Lastly, the District’s spending has shifted away from the classroom.

 

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Phoenix Convention Center—Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis

Phoenix Convention Center—Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis

As a result of the Phoenix Convention Center’s construction and operation, the State of Arizona General Fund has received approximately $97.9 million in tax revenues. This amount is $56.8 million greater than the $41.1 million the State has distributed to the City of Phoenix to pay off the debt issued to construct the Convention Center. In the future, between 180,000 and 200,000 visitors per year will need to attend regional and national conventions and trade shows at the Convention Center to generate tax revenues in excess of distributions from the State to the City.

 

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Fraud Prevention Alert—Falsifying Public Records

Fraud Prevention Alert—Falsifying Public Records

Public officials with oversight authority have a responsibility to ensure public records are protected, genuine, and true. In particular, to help ensure the appropriate use of public monies, officials should ensure that public records supporting financial transactions, such as invoices, cash receipts, and bank reconciliations, accurately represent facts and have not been falsified or otherwise altered. This alert outlines how public officials can help protect public records by exercising appropriate oversight, and establishing and enforcing policies that incorporate fundamental controls.

 

 

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