New Jersey Department of Education

Special Audits Unit (SAU)

The Special Audits Unit (SAU) is charged with the following:

  • Performing evaluations of annual financial reports and related documents submitted by School Districts, Charter Schools, Renaissance School Projects and Community-Based Organizations. The reports must comply with federal and state laws and regulations to include the U. S. Single Audit Act; OMB Circular A-133, NJ OMB Circular 15-08, N.J.S.A. 18A and N.J.A.C. 6A;
  • Conducting internal audits of New Jersey Department of Education operations;
  • Acting as liaison to other state agencies for sub-recipient monitoring of federal funds.

SAU serves the following external and internal stakeholders: 1) Chief School Administrators; 2) School Business Administrators; 3) School Leads; 4) Project Directors; 5) Executive County Superintendents; 6) Executive County Business Officials; 7) Independent Auditors; 8) Department of Education Staff; and 9) Other Federal and State Agency Representatives.  The following includes, but not exclusive, to the activities conducted by the SAU:

  • Perform initial, final and peer reviews of annual financial reports to ensure compliance with the federal and state laws and regulations, and requests corrections accordingly;
  • Evaluate corrective action plans to ensure document is clear, reasonable and thorough;
  • Ensure recovery of unexpended federal aid;
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to internal and external stakeholders related to financial reports being examined;
  • Assist with the reviewing and processing of the TPAF/FICA Reimbursements to the State of New Jersey, submitted by the LEAs;
  • Plan, schedule and conduct functional reviews of Departmental activities, policies and procedures, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations;
  • Maintain relevant files and correspondence pertaining to annual report submissions;
  • Provide updates to the Department’s Audit Program; and
  • Complete Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Requests.

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