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Officials' Update 2/19/03



Officials' Report on Current Status

by
Susie DeWitt

19 Feb 2003

On February 12, 2003, Barb Birger and I met with three State Auditors at the State Auditor's Office in Denver, Colorado. We were invited to attend a meeting by Becky Richardson, Managing Legislative Auditor for the State of Colorado.

Our two-and-a-hour meeting consisted of us educating the auditors about our profession. They were tasked with the job of learning how, when, and why we do our job in a very short period of time.

The question of why do we receive State paychecks along with transcript monies if we are doing transcripts on state time, of course, was top of their list. As we all know, this question has been asked by countless people, countless times throughout the years with the same answers we have always given.

We all know and can understand that we are a very unique group of employees, with a very unique skill and pay structure. We all know and understand that we must purchase our own equipment, software, updates, supplies, continuing education points, training, licensing agreements, membership dues, et cetera, et cetera. We all know and understand that we must pay taxes on our transcript monies, self-employment fees, scopist fees, proofreader fees, et cetera, et cetera. We know this; they don't.

Barb and I did all we could to try to explain to the auditors why we are in the category that we are and explain why we are compensated the way we are through the State.

We complied with and supplied the auditors with all the information asked of us by them. We were very concerned, and shared this concern, with the auditors that they were in the process of making recommendations regarding our profession, whether it be negative or positive, without even knowing what it is we do and why. I'm not sure how much you can really learn about one's profession in two and a half hours and explain why it is we do things the way we have for all these years, but we certainly tried.

The auditors were very kind and we felt very privileged to be invited to such a meeting for an opportunity to share our knowledge and give our input.

It is unclear what the report will consist of at the moment and that will not be known until the Legislative Audit Committee votes to release it at a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at 7:30 a.m.

After this date and the reports are completed by Jerry Marroney, the State Court Administrator, I'm sure we might possibly know the direction we are all headed.

As always, thank you. As we get our information, it is immediately passed on to you.

Please feel free to call (303-441-3749) or email me if you have additional questions or concerns.

Susie DeWitt