The Office of the Utah State Auditor released a Performance Audit of Utah Communications Authority Financial Management and Transparency.
This audit was conducted to (1) identify existing financial controls to ensure proper use of UCA resources and (2) evaluate overall UCA transparency with regards to procurement.
The report highlights three areas of significant concern.
Section 1 – Improved Financial Management Would Reduce Susceptibility To Misuse Of UCA Resources: Internal control weaknesses, including lack of proper review and failure to follow existing policies on credit card use, created an opportunity for the misuse of UCA credit cards to continue undetected for years.
Section 2 – Increased Transparency Will Improve Accountability: The Board did not follow statutory requirements for conducting board meetings and did not report required financial data to the Utah Public Finance Website (UPFW).
Section 3 – UCA Board Should Improve Oversight: The Board did not adequately oversee UCA finances or properly adopt required policies and procedures,
In addition, the Office makes the recommendation that, due to the significance of the concerns cited in this report, the legislature should review UCA’s status as an independent state entity.
The full report may be found on the Office’s website, auditor.utah.gov, specifically at