Auditor Of Public Accounts
Kentucky Auditor’s Office Receives Highest Possible Opinion After Peer Review

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jeff Derouen
Phone: (502) 573-0050
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The Kentucky State Auditor’s Office received the highest possible opinion during its recently completed peer review.  The favorable opinion was transmitted to the Auditor’s Office in an October 29 letter, stating, “the system of quality control of the Auditor of Public Accounts has been suitably designed and was complied with.” The peer review is mandated by Government Auditing Standards created by the Comptroller General of the United States through the General Accounting Office.  The review occurs once every three years.

The National State Auditors Association, of which the Kentucky Auditor’s Office is a member, conducted the peer review.  Auditors from Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana, California, Missouri, and Ohio were at the Auditor’s Frankfort office from October 22 through October 29.  The opinion provides assurances to entities reviewed by the Auditor of Public Accounts that the Auditor’s work meets government auditing standards.  Per Government Auditing Standards, the report is attached to engagement letters issued to entities that are audited by the Kentucky Auditor’s Office.

“This top rating, provided by our peers, is a testament to great work provided to the Commonwealth by the professional staff in the Auditor’s Office.  I am extremely proud of their hard work and continued commitment to protecting the taxpayers’ money,” State Auditor Crit Luallen said. 

Auditors from the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office also participate in other member states’ peer reviews.  Kentucky Auditors have been involved with peer reviews in Kansas, Tennessee, Idaho, Iowa, New Mexico, and Georgia.
ted States through the General Accounting Office. The review occurs once every three years.