We concluded that the state’s internal controls over its payment process were generally adequate. However, our report contains five findings with recommendations to strengthen controls.Minnesota Film and TV Board (Apr 10)
We found that the Legislature has not established clear outcomes it expects the board to achieve. As a result, it is difficult to hold the board accountable for the public money it receives from the state. In addition, the board has created eligibility criteria for the state’s film production jobs program that may be limiting the program’s job creation potential. However, the level and consistency of state funding are likely contributing factors, too.A Clinical Drug Study at the University of Minnesota - Department of Psychiatry: The Dan Markingson Case (Mar 19)
We do not think it is possible to know whether Dan Markingson’s suicide was connected to his participation in the University clinical drug study; the suicide of a person with serious mental illness may involve many contributing factors. However, the Markingson case raises serious ethical issues and numerous conflicts of interest, which University leaders have been consistently unwilling to acknowledge. They have repeatedly claimed that clinical research at the University meets the highest ethical standards and dismissed the need for further consideration of the Markingson case by making misleading statements about past reviews. This insular and inaccurate response has seriously harmed the University of Minnesota’s credibility and reputation.
These audits examined whether state agencies complied with federal requirements related to the use of federal money.
Minnesota Board of Nursing: Complaint Resolution Process (Mar 19)