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Quarterly Progress Report: OLA Audit Remedial Measures as of October 1, 2022


Dr. Goldson issued Prince George’s County Public School’s (PGCPS) plan for remedial measures in response to the release of the Office of Legislative Audits Report (OLA) in March of 2019. The OLA Audit contained 19 findings which required remedial work on the part of PGCPS. PGCPS’s detailed remedial plan contained multiple steps toward improving every finding along with deadlines for each such remedial step. The overall purpose of this plan is to ensure Prince George’s County Schools are entirely in compliance with the relevant standards outlined in the OLA Report.

Dr. Goldson pledged PGCPS would publish on its website quarterly progress reports for each finding listed in the OLA Report. The progress report will list each Finding and give a color-coded status of the progress to date. Below are the color codes:

Green=completed, on schedule

Yellow=completed, behind schedule

Blue=in progress, on track

Orange=lagging, but no missed deadline

Red=implementation is late

Some of the OLA Findings were “Repeat Findings” meaning the Finding or some portion of the Finding appeared in an earlier OLA Audit Report. These will be identified.

October 1, 2022 Progress Report

Finding      New or Repeat Finding Summary Status Comment

Finding 1



“Existing procedures and controls were not adequate to ensure that proper amounts were received and all collections were deposited for the Before and After School Care Extended Learning Program.

Green, completed, on schedule

Finished 6 months early.

Finding 2



“PGCPS did not maintain required documentation justifying the use of sole source procurements or the benefits of using intergovernmental cooperative purchasing agreements (ICPAs) as required by State Law, and did not ensure that ICPA-related invoice pricing agree to the ICPA.”


Yellow, completed, behind schedule

A sampling system to review ICPA billing has been adopted so now all remedial work is completed for this finding.

Finding 3


 “PGCPS did not always obtain Board of Education approval for contracts and did not always document its reasons for awarding competitively bid contracts to vendors that were not deemed the most qualified or the lowest cost bidders”

Red, implementation is late

 Board of Education approved Policy 3323 on August 18, 2022. Manual has been updated and the corresponding administrative procedure is going through the review/revision process.

 Finding 4


“PGCPS did not establish adequate internal controls over its automated human resource and payroll system, as user capabilities were not properly limited and supervisors were tasked with routinely approving an excessive number of time records.”

Green, completed, on schedule

 The promised remedial work is complete. PGCPS will continue to monitor this situation in order to improve time approval assurance.

 Finding 5


“Critical human resources and payroll transactions were not always subject to a documented independent supervisory review”

Green, completed, on schedule

This is a repeat finding which has now been addressed. This remedial work on this Finding was completed two months early.

Finding 6


 “Internal controls and record keeping related to Transportation Department bus driver and bus attendant payrolls were not adequate to ensure the propriety of salary payments.”

 Green, completed, on schedule

This was a repeat finding which has now been addressed.

 Finding 7


 “PGCPS lacked a policy requiring the justification or rationale for executive employee salary increases and such increases were not reported to the Board.”

Green, completed, on schedule.

Completed before publication of OLA Audit Findings

 Finding 8


 “Physical Inventories of equipment were not conducted as required and access to the automated inventory records was not adequately restricted.”

Red, implementation is late

One inventory control specialist has been hired and began working on Sept. 9. 2022 , another inventory control specialist position has been posted. Physical inventories of equipment are scheduled to begin in October, 2022.

 Finding 9 (Repeat)  “PGCPS equipment inventory records were not comprehensive or complete.” Green, completed, on schedule  
Finding 10 (Repeat)  “The ERP and student management system databases were not configured to log certain critical security activity, nor were the ERP’s account and password controls adequate. In addition, an insecure service was enabled for the student management system database.” Yellow, completed September 2019  This was a repeat finding which has now been addressed.
Finding 11      (Repeat)  “Thirty-five publicly accessible servers were improperly located within the internal network, intrusion detection prevention system coverage for untrusted traffic did not exist, and PGCPS network resources were not secured against improper access from contractors using remote access and high school students using school computer labs and media centers.” Yellow, completed October 2019  As with Finding 12 (below) the PGCPS remediation plan was the subject of an OLA Auditor follow up query requesting clarification of specific remedial actions, to which PGCPS promptly responded. To date, there has been no additional request for clarification. 
 Finding 12    “PGCPS had not established procedures to ensure malware protection software was installed, current, and operational on all active computers and that computers running vulnerable installed software had security updates applied.” Green, completed, on schedule   As with Finding 11 (above), the PGCPS remediation plan was the subject of an OLA Auditor follow up query requesting clarification of specific remedial actions, to which PGCPS promptly responded. To date, there has been no additional request for clarification. The remedial plan requires an ongoing process of checking for obsolete machines for disposal and outdated software which must be updated.
Finding 13 (Repeat)  “PGCPS did not ensure that employee access to its automated financial systems was appropriate.”
Quarterly attestations for central office will begin in January 2021
Finding 14    “PGCPS did not follow best practices for selecting pre-approved vendors for task orders and the selection process was not consistent between the construction and mechanical JOC contracts.” Yellow, completed September 2019  
Finding 15    “PGCPS did not adequately review price quotes submitted by JOC vendors selected for task order. Consequently, approved task orders contained questionable or unsupported costs.” Yellow, completed September 2019  An enhanced process for line-by-line review of JOC contracts was established in a timely manner but the Standard Operating Procedures and accompanying document required additional refinement which took extra time to complete.
Finding 16 (Repeat)  “PGCPS did not verify that guaranteed savings were achieved related to work performed under two energy performance contracts.”

Blue, on track

 The remedial step depends on whether PGCPS enters an ESCO contract at which time contract-specific standards will be established before contract ratification and baselines will be established within 6 months of ratification.
Finding 17 (Repeat)  “The performance of preventive maintenance was not consistently documented and tracked for monitoring purposes.” Green, completed, on schedule This Repeat Finding was completed in November 2019, a month earlier than the estimated date of completion.
Finding 18 (Repeat)  “PGCPS did not establish adequate accountability over access to the automated fuel dispensing system.” Yellow Last step completed December 2020.
Finding 19 (Repeat)  “PGCPS did not implement certain practices to promote more efficient use of its bus fleet.” Yellow, completed August 2019 This is a repeat Finding which has now been addressed