Secretary of State Releases Report Following Up on Recommendations Made to Department of Environmental Quality


Salem, OR – Today, Secretary of State Bev Clarno released a report showing the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has made progress towards implementing the recommendations made in an audit report released last year, “Department of Environmental Quality Should Improve the Air Quality Permitting Process to Reduce Its Backlog and Better Safeguard Oregon’s Air”.

“Additional work is still needed to fully implement the remaining recommendations,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno. “This includes developing additional permit writer and applicant guidance for all types of permits, creating a permanent data system that consolidates the tracking of inspections across all regions, and taking additional steps to begin succession planning across the agency.”

The full report can be read here.

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Secretary of State Auditors Win National Award for Audit on Foster Care

SALEM, OR — The National State Auditors Association (NSAA) announced today that the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division has won the Excellence in Accountability Award for its audit of Oregon’s foster care system.

The purpose of the audit, issued in January of 2018, was to determine necessary changes and improvements that the Department of Human Services (DHS) can make to better promote the wellbeing of children in foster care.

“Congratulations to the team that worked on this important audit, this recognition is much deserved,” said Secretary of State Bev Clarno. “Audits like this bring to light serious issues that must be addressed to ensure Oregon’s government is operating efficiently and fairly. The Oregon Audits Division continues to produce professional work that increases transparency and accountability in state government.”

The full report can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.