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Financial-Related Audit


Department of Veterans Affairs

For the Period July 1, 1996, through December 31, 1999


Key Findings and Recommendations:

  • The department did not have adequate documentation to support certain guardianship expenditures. The department should document all guardianship expenditures and enter into written agreements for on-going services when feasible. (Finding 1, page 4)
  • County Veterans Service Officer Operational Improvement grant funds were not used exclusively for training as specified in the appropriation law. The department should seek to have the language in the laws changed or comply with the appropriation law pertaining to training grants to county veterans service offices. (Finding 2, page 9)
  • The department did not request the full state veteran cemetery grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The department should work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain the remaining state veterans cemetery grant funds. (Finding 3, page 10)

Financial Related Audit Reports address internal control weaknesses and noncompliance issues found during our audits of state departments and agencies. The scope of our work at the Department of Veterans Affairs included guardianship revenues and expenditures, payroll expenditures, State Soldier Assistance Program expenditures, County Veterans Service Officer grants, Southwest Asia (Persian Gulf) War Bonuses, and other grants. The department's response to our recommendations is included in the report.

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