ORDINANCE NO. BL2016-159

An ordinance amending section 2.24.300 of the Metropolitan Code.

WHEREAS, it would facilitate the ability of the Division of Metropolitan Audit to perform its functions as contemplated in Section 8.121 of the Charter and Section 2.24.300 of the Metropolitan Code, to require all metropolitan departments and agencies to cooperate fully with the audits and investigations of that office; and,

WHEREAS, it is also desirable to establish a process by which suspected illegal, improper, wasteful, or fraudulent activity can be reported and investigated; and,

WHEREAS, it is further beneficial to ensure that certain additional information is communicated in a timely manner to the Division of Metropolitan Audit; and,

WHEREAS, it is also desirable to establish that the Division of Metropolitan Audit scope of service encompasses any departments, boards, commissions, officers, agencies, or offices of the Metropolitan Government; and,

WHEREAS, the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County will benefit through the actions contemplated herein.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. Section 2.24.300 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following new subsections H. through L. to the end of Section 2.24.300:

H. Access to Records.
1. The Division of Metropolitan Audit personnel shall have full access to all Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County records, agreements, information systems, properties, and personnel. Accordingly, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County or any of its related entities’ officials, employees, consultants, and contractors shall furnish any requested information and records within their custody and respond to any questions regarding powers, duties, activities, organization, property, financial transactions, and methods of business.

2. The Division of Metropolitan Audit and its personnel are individually responsible and accountable for maintaining the confidentiality of the information they receive during the course of their work and complying with any other regulatory requirements necessitated by their being granted such access. Division of Metropolitan Audit personnel shall not publicly disclose any information received that is considered confidential in nature by any local, state, or federal law or regulation.

3. In addition, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County or any of its related entities’ officials, employees, consultants, and contractors shall provide access to Division of Metropolitan Audit personnel for the inspection of all property, equipment, and facilities within their custody and the observation of any operations for which they are responsible.

I. Other Audit Services.
1. In addition to financial, performance, or other audit services, the Division of Metropolitan Audit shall establish a process by which suspected illegal, improper, wasteful, or fraudulent activity can be reported. The Metropolitan Auditor shall investigate, or cause to be investigated, all activity reported by this process. The disposition of all reports shall be communicated to the Metropolitan Nashville Audit Committee, Metropolitan Mayor, and Department of Law.
2. No employees of these entities shall suffer any retaliatory action for reporting to or cooperating with the Division of Metropolitan Audit or the Audit Committee.

J. Notice of Instance of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.
All reports of unlawful conduct completed in accordance with the State of Tennessee Local Government Instances of Fraud Reporting Act involving Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County departments, boards, commissions, officers, or agencies shall be communicated in a timely manner to the Metropolitan Auditor. Such reports shall also be communicated to the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury if so required by state law.

K. Notice of Audit Activities.
The engagement plans and final reports for all financial, performance, and other audit activities conducted on the behalf of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County departments, boards, commissions, officers, agencies, or offices shall be communicated in a timely manner to the Metropolitan Auditor.

L. Scope of Services.
The Division of Metropolitan Audit is authorized to conduct financial audits, performance audits or other audit services, including investigation and disposition of reported incidents of fraud as contemplated above in subsection I of this section, concerning any department, board, commission, officer, agency, or office of the Metropolitan Government. Departments, boards, commissions, officers, agencies, and offices of the Metropolitan Government means those entities which encompass all of the governmental and corporate functions previously performed by Davidson County and the City of Nashville existing at the formation of the Metropolitan Government, and any public entity whose existence is created or authorized by the Metropolitan Charter or the Metropolitan County Council.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its final passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: John Cooper

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Introduced: March 1, 2016
Passed First Reading: March 1, 2016
Referred to: Budget & Finance Committee
Deferred to April 19, 2016: March 15, 2016
Deferred Indefinitely: April 19, 2016
Passed Second Reading:  
Passed Third Reading:  
Approved:  
By:  

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