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S'side Housing Authority receives perfect report from Washington auditors

For the second year in a row the Sunnyside Housing Authority breezed through its annual state audit, garnering the most prized of audit results. The Housing Authority's audit ended with no recommendations and no findings.

"We were very pleased," said Kelly Nielsen, Sunnyside Housing Authority accountant.

Nielsen added that an audit ending with no recommendations and no findings is the cleanest audit report the Washington State Auditor's Office doles out.

Nielsen explained that recommendations are verbal or written suggestions from the Auditor's Office on things that could be done better. While a finding is something the Auditor's Office feels is a real problem, and could result in misleading information being included in the agency's financial statement.

The Sunnyside Housing Authority is audited every year, and Nielsen said being audited is a lengthy, in-depth process.

She added that because of the amount of federal funding the Sunnyside Housing Authority receives, the annual audit that is conducted is an in-depth one.

"Our audit usually takes six to eight weeks for them to complete," Nielsen said.

She explained that during that time the Auditor's Office looks at everything from whether or not the Housing Authority is following all of the rules and regulations associated with the federal funding the agency receives to ensuring that proper polices and procedures are being followed in the office.

"They look at everything from payroll to accounts payable to all financial statements," Nielsen said.

Nielsen said the key to a clean audit is all in the details. She said the Sunnyside Housing Authority staff is sure to follow up on every detail of every transaction every day.

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