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Management Letter


Department of Health

Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1999


Key Findings and Recommendations:

  • The department did not ensure that its subrecipients took prompt corrective action on audit findings. The department should follow up with subrecipients on audit findings to ensure subrecipients appropriately resolve reported issues. (Finding 1, page 2)
  • The department did not conduct a management evaluation of each local WIC agency at least once every two years. The department should conduct management evaluations of all local WIC agencies within the required time period. (Finding 2, page 3)
  • The department did not liquidate all federal obligations of the BCCED program within 90 days of the end of the funding period. The department should liquidate all federal obligations within required time frames, or obtain an extension of established deadlines from the appropriate federal agency. (Finding 3, page 3)
  • The department did not establish procedures to monitor provider billings to ensure providers pursue third party payments prior to billing the department. The department should establish a process to monitor provider billings to ensure that providers either pursue third party payments or document that identified coverage does not cover the applicable services. (Finding 4, page 4)

Management letters address internal control weaknesses and noncompliance issues found during our annual audit of the state's financial statements and federally-funded programs. The scope of work in individual agencies is limited. During the fiscal year 1999 audit, our work at the Department of Health focused on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCED). The department's response to our recommendations is included in the report.

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