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January 14, 2010
State auditor reports on recommendations left undone

Thumbnail image for Bureau of State Audits seal.jpgThe Bureau of State Audits has released a report on recommendations it made to departments at least one year ago that haven't been fully implemented. From the bureau's fact sheet on the report:

From January 2005 through October 2008, the bureau issued 69 reports on audits requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee or required in legislation. Based on the most recent responses from state agencies, the bureau reports the following:

• There were 131 recommendations made to 29 state agencies that had been outstanding for at least one year but were not fully implemented. Of the 131 recommendations, 90 remain not fully implemented.

• Although not all recommendations have been fully implemented, many agencies have reported progress. For example, the Department of Health Care Services reported that, as a result of the bureau's findings and recommendations, it has begun recouping payments it incorrectly made to providers. The department reported that it has thus far recovered $5.3 million.

• In many cases, agencies stated that they expect to fully implement outstanding recommendations by the end of 2010. In other instances, agencies reported that they do not expect to fully implement recommendations for several years. For example, one agency stated that it will not fully implement a specific recommendation until 2015. In a few cases, agencies indicated they will not implement certain recommendations.

Click here to download the BSA report.

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