Community Development and Human Services
Our team of professionals have broad experience performing audit and consulting services relating to state and local agency human services and community development programs. These include dozens of federal- and state-funded grant programs managed through federal agencies such as the Department of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among others. These audits included assessing how well the City administered grant monies and provided oversight to grant sub-recipients, and included affordable housing programs, economic development programs, family development networks, youth development programs, and gang reduction programs, child support services, and children and family service centers, workforce investment programs, and other human service programs such as Women, Infant and Children (WIC).
Environmental Oversight and Regulation
Our team has broad experience helping government agencies assess their compliance with complex, large scale local, state, and federal environmental rules and regulations as well as evaluating their performance with meeting challenging program goals and objectives. We also have extensive experience evaluating opportunities for streamlining complex processes while still meeting regulatory requirements and determining the financial viability of the funds supporting environmental programs. Most of the environmental programs we review and assess are highly sensitive multi-million or multi-billion dollar programs with significant public interest and visibility. The following are just a few of the environmental-related areas where we have conducted performance audits and consulting reviews:
- Cap and Trade Program
- Air Pollution Control Program
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
- Storm Water Permitting and Compliance
- Underground Storage Tank Program
- Environmental Mitigation Program
- Habitat Conservation Fund
Finance and Administration
We are often tasked to assess and evaluate state and local entities operations in the key business cycles to assist in revamping, updating, and strengthening areas in budget, finance, accounting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, procurement, contracting, risk assessment, risk management, grant management, and internal controls. In particular, we provide entity-wide and program specific services for budget development, tracking, evaluation, and reporting; financial modeling and forecasting; revenue enhancement or cost cutting; accounting assistance and process fixes; program costing and rate setting; financial modeling and forecasting; treasury operations, investment programs, and bond management; process mapping and gap analysis, internal control reviews; business policy and procedures; regulatory development, assessment, and amendment; fiscal related reviews, forensic audits, fraud examinations and fraud risk assessments.
Our healthcare projects reflect the ever evolving and dynamic environment challenging government today. We offer experience in assessing the implementation, operation and evaluation of a state-level health benefit exchange, full scope review of a statewide Medicaid program, examinations of managed care programs, hospital funding and construction projects, emergency medical services, statewide poison control system and services, regulatory boards including medical, nursing, dental and pharmacy, and specialty projects like health provider scope of practice.
Public sector universities and colleges operate and unique environments and each is unique. Our experiences include a variety of areas involving universities and colleges—budgeting and financial operations of large university systems; budget and financial reporting models; unique tuition and state funding approaches; internal lending and capital financing activities; fund balance and fund carryforward provisions; hospital capital construction and funding; overhead allocation and indirect charges; costs relating to specialized degrees; developing new programs and degrees; course fees and other charges; and college and university foundations, among others.
Human Resources and Labor
We offer decades of experience and knowledge in areas of federal, state and local government recruiting, examination and selection, hiring, retention, and professional development plans, mobility, outplacement, and succession planning. Our clients present a variety of personnel environments and challenges such as antiquated and manual process, rigid personnel and classification structures, hybrid personnel systems that include mixes of at-will, collectively-bargained merit service, and contract employees, and challenging labor negotiations and bargaining situations. Past projects include assessments of workforce structure and management, workload studies, realignment of staff to service delivery and accomplishment, classification and compensation studies, executive compensation plans, decisions relative to sworn versus civilian employees, labor negotiations and contract compliance, total compensation and benefit comparisons, workers compensation matters, payroll and human resources information systems, and scope of professional practices.