PITTSFIELD — An audit of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office requested by the prior administration found the office mostly in compliance, but noted a pair of areas in which it could improve.

"As Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington takes the reins of office, I encourage her to use this audit as a road map for improvement," State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said Monday in a statement.

In the same statement, Harrington said she was grateful to Bump's office for coming to Berkshire County to perform the audit last year, adding, "We are working closely with the State Auditor to implement tighter controls and look forward to welcoming her back to Pittsfield soon so she can see the changes."

The audit itself, which was requested by former Berkshire DA Paul Caccaviello shortly after his appointment to that position in March, covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018.

The audit looked at seven objectives and found the DA's office was in compliance with five of them. It found, however, that some money seized through court-ordered forfeiture was not turned over to the DA's office by law enforcement in a timely manner. The audit also found that in some cases it took up to 780 days following a court order for those funds to be transferred to the DA's Office.

In Massachusetts, certain funds used in crimes, including the sale of drugs, can be seized by the state. According to the Audtior's Office, Harrington is taking measures to correct that issue.

The other deficiency noted in the audit was the office's internal control plan, which it describes as "an agency-wide document that summarizes risks and controls for all business processes," hadn't been updated since 2016.

"The recommendations in this audit will ensure the office quickly receives revenue ... it is owed and help to strengthen its defenses against risks that could threaten its ability to accomplish its goals," Bump said.

Bump found the DA's Office was in compliance with the five other aspects of the audit, including that the office reports all instances of unaccounted for variances, losses, shortages and thefts of money or property, and that its budget practices allow funding to meet the office's needs through the fiscal year.

The audit also found the office's financial expenditures, including use of state credit cards and the inventory of its information technology, were in compliance.

Based on a random sampling of 35 of the 464 credit card transactions made during the audit period and comparing them against invoices and receipts, the audit showed those $3,956 worth of expenses were reasonable and allowable.

The total amount of credit card expenses incurred by the office during the audit period was $73,278.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.