Report Details Importance of Controller’s Office and Explains Duties and Responsibilities of the Position
(Allentown, PA)- Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart and the Controller’s Office has released its 2018 Annual Report as required by the county’s charter.
The report outlines the various audits the office is responsible for conducting and provides thorough descriptions of the functions and terms used in the office.
As described in the report, the mission of the Controller’s office is to perform the following tasks:
- Examine the propriety of internal control.
- Assess compliance with statutory requirements.
- Evaluate operating procedures.
- Audit the accuracy and completeness of records and files pertaining to the receipt and disbursement of County funds by all officers, agents, and employees of the County.
The report also details the types of audits performed, in addition to explaining the process behind determining which agencies and departments to audit.
The annual outline also details internal satisfaction with the Controller’s effectiveness related to conducting audits. The system of scoring works on a scale of 1-5, with five representing the highest level of effectiveness.
The average effectiveness score was 4.6 for 2018, consistent with the previous years.
The following are several of the critical audits conducted by the Controller’s Office to ensure transparency and accountability:
- 37,000 vendor payments amounting to over $182 million.
- 20,900 pension payments totaling over $33.6 million.
- Over $113.1 million of employee gross wages paid in 2017 audited.
The detailed outline also spreads awareness of critical financial resources to county residents. The document provides a link to Charity Navigator, a website that helps donors identify charities that have high standards for utilizing donors’ money.
“I’m extremely proud of the work of my staff and my office. Our annual report is an embodiment of our commitment to transparent, effective and ethical government that wisely and appropriately uses county tax dollars. It is my hope that these reports provide our residents with a deeper understanding of the importance of the office and how it works,” said Glenn Eckhart, Lehigh County Controller.
A copy of the report is available on the Controller’s website and a printed copy can be provided upon request.