STAND. COM. REP. NO. 355
RE: S.B. No. 332
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 332 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PREAUDIT PAYMENTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend the powers and duties of the Comptroller to reduce the preaudit requirements of all proposed payments to expenditures by:
(1) Increasing the minimum dollar amount of payments to be preaudited from $10,000 to $100,000; and
(2) Allowing, rather than requiring, the Comptroller to preaudit proposed payments of expenditures below $100,000.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services.
Your Committee finds that the State's forty-five year old accounting software system is a dated processing system that requires substantial human intervention and paper processing because it was not designed with automated checks and balances embedded in the programming methodology. Your Committee notes that the increased delegation of authority to the departments by this measure will also place additional responsibility for compliance and accuracy at the department level. According to testimony received by your Committee, thorough and accurate transaction information submitted to the Department of Accounting and General Services is processed expeditiously by the following business day. Your Committee further finds that updating the preaudit process for proposed payments can help the State provide more effective, efficient, and expeditious services to the public. Your Committee further notes that the new Financial Management System project, which will replace the outdated manual process, will also help preserve and strengthen the integrity of the Comptroller's pre-audits and post-audits.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 332, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 332, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Operations,
SHARON MORIWAKI, Chair