An Audit Report on Performance Measures at the Parks and Wildlife Department
Report Number 12-033
The Parks and Wildlife Department (Department) reported reliable results for 6 (67 percent) of 9 key performance measures tested for fiscal year 2011 and for 4 (67 percent) of 6 key performance measures tested for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. A result is considered reliable if it is certified or certified with qualification.
The following key performance measures were certified for fiscal year 2011 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2012:
- Number of Grant Assisted Projects Completed.
- Number of Combination Licenses Sold.
- Percent of Scheduled Major Repair/Construction Projects Completed.
- Number of Major Repair/Construction Projects Completed.
The following key performance measures were certified with qualification for fiscal year 2011 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 because of internal control weaknesses in the Department's processes for calculating and reporting performance measure information and other issues:
- Percent of Public Compliance with Agency Rules and Regulations.
- Hours Patrolled in Boats.
The following key performance measures were inaccurate for fiscal year 2011 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 because there was a 5 percent or higher error rate in the sample of documentation tested:
- Percent of Fish and Wildlife Kills or Pollution Cases Resolved Successfully.
- Number of Fingerlings Stocked - Inland Fisheries (in millions).
In addition, for the Number of Students Trained in Hunter Education performance measure:
- Reported results for fiscal year 2011 were inaccurate because the actual performance was not within 5 percent of reported performance. Specifically, the Department entered an additional 3,427 students (9 percent) into the system it used to calculate the performance measure up to 6 months after the fiscal year ended.
- Factors prevented certification of the reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 (September 2011 to November 2011) because auditors could not determine an accurate final calculation due to the lag times between the hunter education course dates and the dates on which the Department enters the courses and related student information into its system. As of February 2012, the Department continued to enter students who had taken hunter education courses during the quarter ending November 2011.
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