COLUMBUS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Board of Commissioners of Columbus County (hereinafter called the “County”) invites
qualified independent auditors (hereinafter called “Auditor”) having sufficient governmental
accounting and auditing experience in performing an audit in accordance with the specifications
outlined in this Request for Proposal (RFP) to submit a proposal.
TYPE OF AUDIT
The audit will encompass a financial and compliance examination of the County’s General
Purpose Financial Statements, supplementary information, and compliance reports in accordance
with the laws and/or regulations of the State of North Carolina, which include requirements for
the minimum scope of the audit. The financial and compliance audit will cover federal, state and
local funding sources in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS);
Government Auditing Standards; the Single Audit Act of 1984; the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996; the provisions of OMB Circular A-133, Audits of State, Local
Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, including revisions published in Federal Register;
the Federal and State Single Audit Implementation Acts; and all other applicable laws and
The County intends to continue the relationship with the auditor for no less than three (3) years
starting with fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. Continuation after the first year contract will be
based on an annual review of the Auditor, recommendation of the department staff, satisfactory
negotiation of terms (including price), and availability of an appropriation. Each year after
negotiation has taken place an annual contract documenting the terms of the audit will be signed.
Since one governing board may not obligate future governing boards, the remaining years of the
agreement are subject to annual governing board approval. After the initial one year period, an
annual extension may be granted by the County based on the above mentioned criteria and Board
of Commissioners (Board) concurrence for up to two additional years or until a determination is
made to request new proposals. The years identified under this RFP are:
July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009
July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010
July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
The audit must be conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS);
Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit
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Organizations; the State Single Audit Implementation Act, and any other applicable procedures for
the audit of a local government’s financial statements prepared in accordance with Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
The audit will include all funds maintained by the unit.
The audit must be completed, including all single audit compliance work, and final draft reports rendered no later than four (4) months following the fiscal year end of June 30, which is October 31.
Twenty five (25) copies of the audit report and one PDF file, along with management letter and other applicable reports must be supplied to the Finance Officer within the time frame cited above. In addition, the Auditor is responsible for submitting the required two audit reports to the staff of the Local Government Commission. Any other copies required above the original twenty five may be charged on an as needed basis in addition to the quoted fee.
The financial audit opinion will cover the general purpose financial statements. The combining, individual and account group financial statements, schedules, and related information are not necessary for fair presentation, but will be presented as additional analytical data. This supplemental information will be subjected to the tests and other auditing procedures applied in the audit of the basic financial statements, and an opinion will be given as to whether the supplemental information is fairly stated in all material respects in relation to the financial statements taken as a whole.
The auditor will be responsible for the preparation of a letter disclosing and discussing informal/non-material comments (not included in the management letter), presentation of the financial statements and Management letter to the County Manager, the Finance Officer, and the Board of Commissioners.
The working papers shall be retained and made available upon request by the County for no less than three years from the date of the audit report.
In the event that circumstances arise during the audit that requires work to be performed above the original estimates, such cost will be negotiated prior to commencement of work and an
amended contract will be approved by the governing board and forwarded to the staff of the Local Government Commission for approval.
AUDIT CONTRACT AND PAYMENT OF SERVICES
The audit contract must be approved by the staff of the Local Government Commission. All requests for payments are subject to approval by the Local Government Commission staff prior to processing by the County. Interim or progress billings will be accepted up to seventy-five percent (75%) of the total fee prior to submission of the audited financial statements to the staff of the Local Government Commission and their approval of the audited financial statements.
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The Auditor will be responsible for preparation of some year-end adjusting journal entries.
The Auditor will prepare a management letter.
The Auditor will prepare, type, proof, print, and copy the audit report in its entirety. The Auditor
will submit a draft to the Finance Officer. The draft will be returned with proposed revisions
within ten (10) working days. The timing of this should insure final completion of the report no stlater than the October 31 deadline.
The Auditor will prepare the Annual Financial Information Report (AFIR). The Auditor will
submit a draft of the AFIR to the Finance Officer. The draft will be returned with proposed
revisions within ten (10) working days. The timing of this should insure final completion of the
AFIR no later than the deadline for submission of the AFIR to the Local Government
The Auditor will prepare the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal and State Awards.
The Auditor will prepare the Federal Data Collections Form and submit to appropriate agencies
The Auditor will prepare secondary market disclosures as required by the Security and Exchange
Commission, SEC Ruling 15c2-12.
Guidance will be required for new note disclosures, all approved GASB’s as well as GASB implementations, and other reporting requirements. These services will be included in the base
DESCRIPTION OF SELECTION PROCESS
Nine (9) copies of the proposal should be submitted at the time and place indicated under the
section entitled “Time Schedule for Awarding Contract”. Please provide a clear identification
(table of contents) of all materials submitted with your proposal by section number and page
Proposals should be submitted in two sections.
The first section should be comprised of the audit firm’s prior experience and
qualifications of its personnel in performing governmental audits. The Finance Officer
will evaluate the auditor or audit firm on education, technical qualifications, and
governmental audit experience. The first section of all RFP’s will be reviewed and
evaluated. The top firms from the first section will have their second section opened and
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The second section will be comprised of a separately sealed envelope that contains the
audit cost estimates. The firm best meeting the County’s expectations for experience,
audit approach, and cost requirements will be selected.
Columbus County reserves the right to reject any or all bids, waive technicalities, and to be the
sole judge of suitability of the services for its intended use and further specifically reserves the
right to make the award in the best interest of the County. Columbus County also reserves the
right to request additional information from proposing firms.
Failure to respond to any requirements outlined in the RFP, or failure to enclose copies of the
required documents, may disqualify the bid.
The first section should address the requested information below. The corresponding responses
should begin with the number below for the requested information.
1. Indicate the number of people (by position) located within the local office that will handle
2. Provide a list of the local office’s current and prior government audit clients, indicating the
type(s) of services performed, including additional services performed for the governmental
clients, and the number of years served for each. Provide names, addresses, and telephone
numbers of personnel of current and prior governmental audit clients who may be contacted
3. Describe your audit organization’s participation in AICPA sponsored or comparable quality
control programs (peer review). Provide a copy of the firm’s current peer review.
4. Describe the professional experience in governmental audits of each individual assigned to
the audit to include: the years on each job, types of relevant governmental programs audited,
such as social services, public health, grants, etc., and his/her position while on each audit.
Indicate the percentages of time each individual will be on site.
5. Describe the relevant educational background of each person assigned to the audit. This
should include seminars and courses attended within the past three years, especially those
courses in governmental accounting and auditing.
6. Describe any specialized skills, training, or background in public finance of assigned
individuals. This may include participation in State or national professional organizations,
speaker or instructor roles in conferences or seminars, or authorship of articles and books.
7. Describe the firm’s Statement of Policy and Procedures regarding Independence under
Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book) Amendment 3. Provide a copy of the firm’s
Statement of Policy and Procedures.
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8. Describe liability insurance coverage arrangements.
9. Describe any regulatory action taken by any oversight body against the proposing audit
organization or local office.
10. Indicate whether the firm is able to submit the audit in a word document format after the
audit is approved by the Local Government Commission and Columbus County Board of
Commissioners. The audit will be uploaded to DisclosureUSA to satisfy the secondary
market disclosures as required by the SEC.
The second section should address the requested information below. The corresponding
responses should begin with the number of the requested information. This section should be
submitted in a separate sealed envelope marked “Section Two - Cost Estimate “and should
include the audit “Cost Estimate” summary sheet.
1. Provide the name of an individual who will be the primary contact for the County.
2. Describe the information that will be contained in the management letter.
3. Describe the assistance expected from County staff, if other than that outlined in the RFP.
4. Provide a tentative schedule for completing the audit within the specified deadlines of the
5. Specify costs using the format below for the audit year July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. For
the second and third years, list the estimated costs. The cost for the audit year ending June
30, 2009 is binding, while the second and third years are estimated costs. Cost estimates
must indicate the basis for the charges and whether the amount is a “not-to-exceed” amount.
The cost for audit year ending June 30, 2009 will be submitted on the “Cost Estimate” sheet
as a total by service, with each service itemized on a attached sheet as follows:
A. Personnel costs - Itemize the following for each category of personnel (partner, manager,
senior staff accountants, clerical, etc.):
1. Estimated hours - Categorize estimated hours into the following: on-site interim work,
year-end on-site work, and work performed in the auditor's office.
2. Rate per hour.
3. Total cost of personnel (for each category and in total).
B. Travel - Itemize transportation and other travel.
C. List cost estimate for the annual report preparation assuming 25 copies. Provide the
additional costs per report for additional copies over the 25 minimum.
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D. Other costs - Completely identify and itemize.
E. If applicable, note your method of determining increases in audit costs on a year to year
6. List any other information the firm may wish to provide.
7. Please include the Audit Cost Summary Sheet with your proposal.
TIME SCHEDULE FOR AWARDING THE CONTRACT
Request for proposal packages will be available on the County’s website and by request.
Proposals (9 copies) signed by authorized officials of the Auditor will be received by Bobbie
Faircloth, Finance Officer, Columbus County Administration Building, 111 Washington Street,
Whiteville, NC 28472 until 1:00 PM on Friday, February 20, 2009. Envelopes containing proposals should be clearly identified on the front “Audit Proposal”. The County Manager and Finance Officer will review the proposals and plan to make a recommendation to the Board of
Commissioners on March 16, 2009 at which time the contract will be awarded.
Any questions must be submitted in writing either by mail or email to Bobbie Faircloth,
Columbus County Finance Officer, 111 Washington Street, Whiteville, NC 28472 or
email@example.com by 1:00 PM on Monday, February 16, 2007.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE COUNTY AND ITS ACCOUNTING SYSTEM
Columbus County is a local government in North Carolina with a population of approximately
54,000. The County operates five (5) water systems and each system is maintained in an
enterprise fund. The county also maintains an enterprise fund for the solid waste department.
The county maintains several other funds as provided in the following list.
The auditor should make reference to the County of Columbus’s audit report for the year ended
June 30, 2008, which can be viewed on our web site at
http://www.columbusco.org/dotnetnuke_2/. Select Finance then click on the 2008 “Financial
Statement”. : You will need to temporarily allow pop-ups in order to view the document.
Columbus County maintains the following funds:
Debt Service Fund
Special Revenue Funds:
Emergency Telephone System Fund
Property Revaluation Fund
Rescue Tax Fund
Fire Districts Fund
Travel and Tourism Fund
Travel and Tourism Grant Fund
Whiteville Depot Grant
Capital Projects Funds:
Airport Projects Fund
Water Projects Fund
Columbus County Jail Project
Public School Bonds
Water Funds (5 districts)
Solid Waste Fund
Grand Strand Sewer Project
Infrastructure Prison Grant
Housing Authority Fund
Social Services Trust Fund
Cooperative Extension Trust Fund
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Sheriff Trust Fund
Home Loan Trust
Fixed Assets Fund
Long Term Debt Fund
GRANTS, ENTITLEMENTS, AND SHARED REVENUES
A copy of the Schedule of Federal and State Expenditures and a Summary of Auditor’s Results
showing the major federal programs for the year ended June 30, 2008 can be viewed in the
Financial Statements on the County website as referenced at the top of Page 7 of this RFP.
The County budgets all funds on the modified accrual basis of accounting as required by North
Carolina General Statutes. Appropriations are made at the departmental level. The County also
maintains an encumbrance system. Both the budgetary and encumbrance systems are integrated
with the accounting system to provide easy comparison with actual expenditures.
The County maintains all its accounting records at the Finance Office located at 111 Washington
Street, Whiteville, NC 28472. The Sheriff maintains accounting records for the Sheriff/Jail Trust
account at 805 Washington Street, Whiteville, NC 28472. The County maintains its cash
receipts journal, cash disbursements journal, general ledger, and accounts receivable ledger on
Logics Financial software.
Number of General Fund Departments – 30 (some with subcategories) Number of full time employees –523
Number of other employees – 221 (includes part-time, temporary, current year past employees) Frequency of payroll – Bi-Weekly for part-time employees and monthly for salary employees
Estimated number of payroll checks per year - 650 and 9,072 direct deposits
Estimated number of accounts payable checks per year – 12,074
Estimated number of water bills per month – 4,024 Number of vehicles maintained – 195
Estimated number of purchase orders per year – 1700 Number of central depository accounts – 1 Payroll account – 1
Number of NC Cash Management accounts - 1
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ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO THE AUDITOR
The County will make available to the Auditor sufficient help to pull and re-file records, and
prepare and mail all necessary confirmations. A trial balance with budgeted amounts will be
made available by the first week in September.
The County will provide the auditor with sufficient space with easy access to phones and copier.
THREE YEAR CONTRACT
FYE 2009 FYE 2010 FYE 2011
Base charge – Financial Audit
Base charge- Compliance Audit
Charge per program for additional
Basis/methodology of cost estimate:
Basis for determining cost estimate after first year:
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BIDDER NAME: Primary Contact: Address: Telephone:
E-mail: Authorized Signature: Date:
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