A group of state and local auditors have criticized the state’s unemployment audit after finding that the office’s reports are riddled with inaccuracies.
The Georgia Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a report released Tuesday that it was investigating the auditor-general’s office over the reports, which were released in early April.
The report found that the report’s methodology could have “serious deficiencies.”
The GAO said that it looked into the auditor’s office’s initial report and concluded that it did not meet the requirements for an audit.
GAO Chairwoman Mary Jo White said in her report that the auditor had not fully examined the final report and had not reviewed the reports of other auditors in the office, which includes the office of labor secretary.
GAOs work to ensure that government agencies accurately report data on job creation, including the unemployment rate.
In its report, GAO concluded that there were numerous errors in the audit.
It also said that the GAO office lacked the “necessary expertise to conduct the audit” and “failed to ensure appropriate compliance with state, local, and federal laws and regulations” that govern the office.
The GAOs report comes just days after a GAO report found widespread problems in the state auditor-office’s work.
The agency said in April that it had “serious concerns” with the office after a report showed that the bureau had missed several jobs and that it could not provide accurate information on the state unemployment rate because it was “overly broad” in its methodology.
The state auditor also said it was not conducting a full review of its own jobs report.