ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Auditor Tim Keller has entered the debate about the future of Albuquerque Public Schools’ internal audit department.
APS plans to place most of internal audit’s functions within the accounting office under the supervision of a new district controller, who will join the district this summer. Responsibility for a whistle-blower hotline called Ethical Advocate will move from internal audit to the Student, Parent, Employee Service Center.
The district anticipates about $200,000 in savings through the reorganization, according to a May 5 district white paper the Journal obtained Monday.
But those changes raised concerns for Keller, who sent APS a letter April 27 questioning whether they will weaken APS’ ability to detect fraud, waste and abuse.