Established with the creation of the Office of the State Comptroller in 2008, our Audit Division audits the performance of public entities in New Jersey and publishes findings and recommendations. We audit local governments, including municipalities, school districts, and counties, state colleges and universities, state agencies, and independent state authorities.
Our audits evaluate whether entities receiving public tax dollars are operating efficiently and in the best interest of all taxpayers. We look for proper internal controls to make sure there are checks and balances in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
The Audit Division monitors its auditees by performing follow-up reviews after we’ve issued a report. Auditees are required to submit corrective action plans addressing the steps they have taken to implement our recommendations. Pursuant to our statutory authority, we will review those actions and issue a follow-up report.
OSC’s audits have resulted in cost savings for the State of New Jersey and inspired legislative reforms. A 2010 audit found that nearly one in six state phone lines was unused, and cutting them off resulted in the State saving $3.2 million annually. In 2016, an OSC audit found that public colleges and universities were relying heavily on high mandatory student fees without justifying their increases each year. In response, the Legislature required public colleges to adopt OSC’s recommendations and make fee increases more transparent.
More recently, an OSC audit of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) found insufficient oversight of businesses that received tax incentives, along with a lack of data to show whether incented jobs were actually created or retained as the tax incentive program required. OSC’s statutorily-required follow-up review of the EDA is currently underway.
Yvonne Tierney - Director
Yvonne Tierney joined the Office of the State Comptroller as Director of the Audit Division in January 2016, bringing 30 years of experience as an auditor and investigator, including more than 25 years with the state and federal governments. As Audit Director, Yvonne leads a team of auditors responsible for auditing and reviewing the performance of the executive branch of State government, public institutions of higher education, independent state authorities, local governments and school districts.
Yvonne most recently served as Director of the Office of Contract Policy and Management for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, where she managed the department's procurement activities. Before that, she was the Contract and Procurement Manager for the Division of Family Development, responsible for managing and overseeing the Division's procurement and contract administration services.
Earlier in her career, Yvonne worked as an Auditor-in-Charge for the Office of the State Comptroller, as an Assistant Inspector General for the New Jersey Office of the Inspector General and as a Planning Associate for the New Jersey Department of Education.
Yvonne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from Rider University in 1986 and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New Jersey.
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