We found that aspects of the Department of Natural Resources’ management of deer populations in recent years were commendable and reflected local stakeholders’ interests. However, the department does not have a formal plan that prioritizes DNR resources, goals, and objectives for managing deer statewide. We recommend that the department improve its information for monitoring deer populations and setting deer population goals.
The University’s Reform Plan is ambitious and far-reaching. If fully implemented and sustained, we think the changes will significantly strengthen protections for human subjects who participate in University research studies.
We found that AURI, a nonprofit organization created and funded largely by the state, does not adequately measure and report the impacts of its work. In addition, AURI does not require some of its clients to justify their need for the institute’s services through a formal application. We make recommendations to AURI to address several issues we identified. We also make recommendations to the Legislature to amend state law to address issues related to board composition and the Open Meeting Law.
The Department of Health generally had adequate information technology controls to protect unauthorized access to not public data in the department’s Health Economics Program Research/Statistical Data and Reporting System. The department also generally complied with related applicable state and federal legal requirements and policies. However, our report contains one finding related to internal control weaknesses and noncompliance.
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) (Mar 18)