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Department of Natural Resources: Deer Population Management (May 26th)

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.

Protections for Human Subjects in Research Studies at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry: A Preliminary Assessment of Reforms (May 19th)

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.

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) (May 19th)

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.

Department of Health: Information Technology Controls Over Not Public Data (May 19th)

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.


Released Earlier

Program Evaluation

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) (Mar 18)
MnDOT Highway Project Selection (Mar 14)
Minnesota Teacher Licensure (Mar 4)
Mental Health Services in County Jails (Mar 3)
Minnesota Department of Health Oversight of HMO Complaint Resolution (Feb 19)

Financial Audit

Human Services (Mar 24)
Public Safety (Mar 24)
MNsure (Mar 24)
Minnesota Management and Budget (Mar 24)
Natural Resources (Mar 24)
Employment and Economic Development (Mar 24)

  • The Evaluation Subcommittee met on March 23rd, 2016, and selected topics for evaluation in 2016.


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