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May 26, 2011
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DC COUNCIL CHAIRMAN KWAME R. BROWN NAMES ACTING AUDITOR
WASHINGTON, DC -- DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has announced the selection of Yolanda Branche as acting auditor, effective June 1, 2011.
Currently a senior analyst in the Office of the DC Auditor, Ms. Branche is an attorney admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. Her diverse career includes service as counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee; special assistant to the Office of Postsecondary Education at the US Department of Education; chief of staff to the DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, as well as executive director for the Mayor's Task Force on the Future of the District of Columbia Public Library System.
"Yolanda has clearly demonstrated a commitment to the residents of the District of Columbia through her years of public service," said Chairman Brown. "I am confident that she will ably assist the Council in performing oversight, programmatic and budgetary duties with objective assessments of agency operations, policies, and programs."
Ms. Branche's nomination was vetted thoroughly by a search committee headed by former Mayor Anthony Williams.
"Chairman Brown asked me to chair the screening committee for the DC Auditor and I was happy to accept because I support the Chairman's vision of a robust, independent entity that can help the Council perform optimal oversight and the executive achieve better performance. The DC Auditor can become an even greater asset to the Council as reconciles its ambitious policy agenda with the reality of tight budgets. The screening committee was impressed with Yolanda Branche's vision for the office as well as the energy and enthusiasm she has for the job. Assuming her confirmation by the Council, we wish her well in her new position."
Ms. Branche holds a BA degree in History and Political Science from Tufts University, and a JD from The George Washington University.
Ms. Branche led the audit team that found the Certified Capital Companies Program (CAPCO) did not achieve the desired impact on economic development in the District of Columbia. The CAPCO program cost $76 million, $54 million in set-up costs, and $22 million in investments. For $76 million, 31 new jobs were created. Other audits led by Ms. Branche include, the review of the operations of the Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals, and the examination of the Fleet Management Administration of the Department of Public Works.
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Mayor Williams appointed a Task Force to develop a plan to improve the public libraries of the District of Columbia. The Task Force traveled to eight public libraries in the U.S. and Canada to study best practices and develop recommendations. Ms. Branche coordinated Task Force meetings and managed the preparation of the Task Force report to the Mayor.
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District of Columbia Auditor – 6 Year Term
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AUDITOR
ROLE: The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) conducts audits and other analyses of D.C. agencies and programs to assist the D.C. Council in its oversight responsibilities and to improve the performance and efficiency of the D.C. government. The D.C. Auditor is appointed by the Council Chairman, subject to the approval of a majority of the Council, to a six-year term.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The D.C. Auditor’s primary responsibility is to conduct objective and high-quality audits of D.C. government agencies and programs to assess whether public funds are spent in an efficient and transparent manner. Specifically, the Auditor conducts statutorily-required audits of various programs, funds, and organizational entities in the D.C. government. For example, the Auditor is required to regularly audit the financial activities of the District’s 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. In addition, the Auditor conducts audits on its own initiative and at the request of Council members. As head of the ODCA, the Auditor is also responsible for establishing, reviewing, and evaluating the Office’s internal and external controls, policies, and procedures.
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