Dallas schools’ chief auditor resigns after board questions his methods

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The Dallas school district’s chief internal auditor offered his resignation Thursday, two days after criticizing plans for an early peer review of his office’s work, The Dallas Morning News reported.

A school board subcommittee on Tuesday discussed doing a peer review of the audit department’s plans two years earlier than it normally would occur. Auditor Steven Martin called the peer review an effort to discredit his department’s recent audits, which uncovered significant misspending on maintenance costs, the newspaper reported. 

“Why is the audit committee and management bringing in third parties to audit our audit reports, and why does administration try to change policies preventing internal audit[ors] from investigating vendors?” Martin asked at the meeting. “For which audit has the lack of confidence come?”

The Dallas school board issued a statement that said it had received “serious allegations regarding the validity of the Internal Auditor’s methodology and the accuracy of the calculations,” the Morning News reported.

The statement also said that Martin was not the first to discover the overpayment issues and wasn’t being prevented from investigating them.

Audits completed by Martin’s team this past summer found that the school district may have overpaid more than $330,000 on two roofing projects at Dunbar Learning Center and Gooch Elementary. He said Tuesday that overpayments on nine job-order contracts in the district could have reached $1.7 million.

Martin has worked for the Dallas school district for a little more than a year; his resignation will be effective Feb. 28.

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