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2007 Bronze Knighton Award

The National Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) awarded the Erie County Comptroller’s Office with its Bronze Knighton Award, in the small shop category, for its 2007 Audit and Review of Operations of the Erie County Holding Center. This audit was selected because of its high level of analysis regarding overtime issues, and its findings on inadequate record keeping, lost opportunities for reimbursements from government sources and medical insurance companies. In particular, the audit was lauded for presenting findings and recommendations regarding inefficiencies in employee scheduling and the resulting unnecessary overtime expenditures. This audit marks the first time a municipality in New York State has ever won a Knighton Award.

The Knighton Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) are presented in three categories (small, medium and large shops) for the best performance audit reports completed during the preceding year. In determining the award winners, judges consider the audit scope, potential for significant impact, persuasiveness of conclusions, focus of the recommendations on effective and efficient government, clarity and conciseness, and innovation.

2005-2009, Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Erie County Comptroller’s Office with its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from 2005 to 2008 for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (“CAFR Program”) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Reports submitted to the CAFR Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and the GFOA Special Review Committee, which comprises individuals with expertise in public-sector financial reporting and includes financial statement preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance professionals.

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