Puerto Rico Treasury auditing government payrolls
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Treasury Secretary Raúl Maldonado said Friday that an evaluation of operations at the various government agency offices of finance and human resources began this week with the objective of identifying and implementing additional savings and spending reduction measures.
“In accordance with Executive Order 2017-033 of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, which establishes additional control measures for disbursements and expenses to comply with the Government’s Fiscal Plan, this week we assigned Department staff to several agencies in order to evaluate operations, also in accordance with Executive Orders 2017-01 and 2017-009,” he said in a written statement.
Maldonado, who is also the commonwealth’s chief financial officer, said the effort is intended to certify that all payroll payments made by Treasury and other dependencies are to staff that are confirmed to be working.
“We are seeking to optimize oversight of Human Resources in terms of assistance and [sick or vacation leaves], and therefore we are conducting an inventory of personnel. This is an initiative that is being worked on according to the powers that were granted to me by Governor Ricardo Rosselló as CFO, and that seeks to comply with the provisions of the Fiscal Plan,” he added.
The audits began with the Corrections & Rehabilitation, Family (and its dependencies), Transportation & Public Works, Health and Education departments. The teams comprise Treasury Internal Revenue and Internal Audit personnel.
Maldonado sent a letter to all the secretaries, directors and heads of government agencies requesting they provide the information required by the officials representing his Department, as well as instructing staff about the processes.
“This is the first time that the Department of the Treasury has carried out this supervision exercise and we intend it to be permanent, and we will validate that there be no undue charges,” he stressed.