GUAM OPA Gets Full Compliance Rating for 2011

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Guam – Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks has announced that the Guam Office of Public Accountability (OPA) received a peer review rating of full compliance for its 2011 peer review, the highest level of compliance given to audit organizations.

Brooks credits the full compliance to the commitment and professionalism of her hard working and dedicated staff striving for excellence and accountability in our government.

This is the fourth full compliance rating OPA has received since the Public Auditor was elected in 2000, and the first time no management letter was issued.

[Guam Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks and her staff with the Peer Review Team: Charles Hester, Consultant, Junior Patrick, Auditor General
of the Marshall Islands, Haser Hainrick, National Public Auditor of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Erwihne David, Observer.]

As required by Government Auditing Standards (GAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, audit organizations performing audits must undergo an independent external quality control review every three years. As part of OPA’s efforts to ensure compliance with GAS, the Public Auditor contracted with the Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) to perform the external quality control review, commonly known as
the peer review.

The APIPA peer review team consisted of team leader Haser Hainrick, National Public Auditor of the Federated States of Micronesia, Junior Patrick, Auditor General of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Charles W. Hester, a former General Accounting Office Regional Director, now U.S. Graduate School consultant.

The team conducted and completed its review in October 2011 of audits issued by the Guam OPA during the period January 1, 2008 through
December 31, 2010.

The peer review was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Insular Affairs (OIA). Mrs. Brooks expresses her appreciation to DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Anthony M. Babauta and his staff for their continued support to APIPA and their commitment to accountability and transparency.

You can view the peer review reports at the OPA website www.guamopa.org.