Contract audits help assure the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's contract expenditures sustain the Commonwealth's transportation system effectively and efficiently. The Cabinet spends millions of dollars annually through various contracts, including
· Construction contracts,
· Traffic contracts,
· Maintenance contracts,
· Agreements with grant subrecipients and local public agencies, and
· Reimbursements to local governments for construction and other items.
The Contract Audit Branch supports district and central office staff in the Cabinet by conducting audits of these contracts and issuing reports to the Cabinet's management with recommendations to improve contractor compliance and Cabinet procedures.
The Contract Audit Branch exercises a dual perspective, focusing on both sides of the contract agreement – the contractor and the Cabinet. Typical audit objectives include
· Verifying both the contractor and the Cabinet have complied with contract terms and state and federal laws and regulations;
· Ensuring contract payments have been adequately documented, accurately billed, and appropriately processed;
· Determining whether organizational units responsible for contract oversight follow Cabinet policies and procedures; and
· Assessing whether Cabinet policies and procedures are suitable for ensuring proper contract procurement, monitoring, and payment processing.
This branch performs audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.