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Federal Compliance Audit

These audits examined whether state agencies complied with federal requirements related to the use of federal money.

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.

Minnesota Board of Nursing: Complaint Resolution Process (Mar 19)

We found that the Minnesota Board of Nursing’s decisions to discipline nurses or take other action to resolve complaints have generally been reasonable. However, it has taken the board too long to suspend nurses when public safety is at risk. We made several recommendations to improve the board’s ability to resolve complaints in a timely, consistent, and fair manner.

Managed Care Organizations’ Administrative Expenses (Mar 10)

We concluded that the Legislature and DHS should be more directly involved in oversight of managed care administrative spending for Minnesota’s public health care programs. We found that managed care organizations generally complied with certain financial reporting requirements, but we also found exceptions. We recommend refining statutory language and DHS contracts to improve consistency in reporting.


Released Earlier

Program Evaluation

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange (MNsure) (Feb 17)
Recycling and Waste Reduction (Feb 11)
State Protections for Meatpacking Workers (Jan 21)
DNR Forest Management (Aug 28)

Financial Audit

Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Pollution Control Agency-Clean Water Fund Expenditures (Feb 23)
Internal Controls Over Statewide Financial Reporting (Feb 19)


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