The Audits Division is working hard on follow up reports to recent audits, and the next slate of performance audits are due to be released this summer. Recent follow up reports include the “Keeping Oregon Accountable” report on the 2018 fiscal year, a review of progress made by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and an update on the Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Permitting Process.
Secretary Richardson developed the 2019-2020 audit plan last year, and that plan will be completed. Like Secretary Richardson, I am committed to using the resources of the Audits Division to better inform citizens about how your state government is performing, and providing you with information on how your tax dollars are being spent.
The Audits Division was recently reviewed by the National State Auditors Association and is in full compliance with government auditing standards. I am very proud of the work the Audits Division is doing by increasing public trust and government transparency.
Recently the legislature passed House Bill 2325, an important piece of legislation that will allow Oregon Tribes to register their business entities with the Oregon Secretary of State at the domestic Oregon business registration rate. This was a collaborative effort that will support State-Tribal government-to-government relationships and encourage economic development in tribal communities and rural parts of the state.
Capitol Visitors and Events
We have had many visitors to my Capitol office and attended some wonderful events here in Salem. It’s always great to hear from Oregonians and learn more about the things they are working on.
Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway stopped by to discuss his interests in education and growing the business community in Hillsboro. Deputy Secretary of State Vial had worked with Mayor Callaway in the past and expressed appreciation for his extensive community service.
Cadets from the Oregon Youth Challenge Program spent the day at the Capitol learning about the legislative process. I always enjoy visiting with these young Oregonians and learning about their experience with the Oregon Youth Challenge Program. I first joined their board in 1993, we literally save kids that have failed in our public school system.
May 14th was the annual Armed Forces Day ceremony at the State Capitol. It was an honor to meet Rita Hathaway, who was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII, and Joy Beebe who was a WWII war bride from England.