Government Agency Support
We provide audit, accounting, and consulting services to local, state and federal agencies. Providing services to governmental agencies is demanding and requires specific audit skills. The Dowell Group works in cooperation with the Illinois Auditor General to audit various governmental agencies in the northern Illinois region. The Dowell Group also has tested and performed compliance testing at these levels. Compliance testing reveals whether the entity in question has collected or spent funds in accordance with all prescribed laws and procedures.
Helping Agencies Remain Compliant
When dealing with a governmental agency, the audit is generally much more detailed than an audit for a nonpublic organization. Governmental audits are composed of more disclosures and detailed financial statements, including a management discussion and analysis section. These engagements require unique communication skill sets as you must work with the governmental agency along with the Illinois Auditor General throughout the duration of the job. The Dowell Group has historical strengths in the audit sector and we chose to become involved in this type of work because of the unique challenges it brings to our organization and because we believe this enhances the core audit skills of our team members. We are also very aware that we are also providing a public service to our taxpayers as we perform these oversight procedures.
For agencies we are not auditing, we provide accounting services. Our extensive understanding of the government sector helps us minimize any deficiencies that can lead to inaccurate or incomplete accounting records. Many smaller agencies strapped with tight budgets are unable to employ accounting staff with the proper level of skills and, as a result, do not have the quality of accounting records that are required to even begin the audit process. We help governmental agencies to be “audit ready” and to have the proper books for their external auditor, which enables our clients to improve the accuracy of their records and improve the turnaround time for year-end financial reporting.