OPCD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TYRELL MORRIS ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING OIG AUDIT REPORT
Today, OPCD Executive Director Tyrell Morris issues a statement regarding the recently published report from the New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) which conducted a performance audit of the Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) for the period January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021. The audit, limited to credit card transactions, resulted in several findings to include some positive, and recommendations for training and policy revisions. As an independent political subdivision of the State of Louisiana, OPCD supports the mission of the New Orleans OIG and believe the collective outcome of this audit has resulted in increased efficiency and transparency of agency operations.
When Director Morris was appointed to lead OPCD in August 2018, the organization was in desperate need of administrative reforms. Since that time the OPCD has deployed new financial, human resources and administrative systems with internal controls and reports and aligned with best practices. The time period of this audit was in the middle of these system changes and the agency has accepted all of the recommendations in the audit report, with many of them already completed.
“The report released today is a product of over a year of collaboration and engagement with the Office of the Inspector General and we are glad to have this phase behind us. OPCD thanks the OIG for their thorough audit, and we have already accepted and implemented their recommendations. Even in areas where the two agencies may not have agreed on the findings, this is still a win for us. We are pleased to share that every single dollar spent by our agency was accounted for and necessary to execute our mission and retain our heroes. I would strongly encourage before anyone passes judgement or offers comments on the audit, that they read the entire report to include the agency’s response.” – Tyrell Morris, Executive Director OPCD