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Report Summary


Financial-Related Audit


Board of Animal Health

July 1, 1997, through June 30, 2000


Key Findings and Recommendations:

  • The Board of Animal Health needs to strengthen controls over professional and technical services contracts. The board incurred obligations before three contracts with the University of Minnesota were signed. The board did not execute three contracts for veterinary services exceeding $5,000. Finally, in four cases the board incurred an obligation in excess of the original contract.
  • The board did not sufficiently monitor the payments for the permanently assigned vehicles from Travel Management. The board should compare the actual miles driven as submitted by its employees to the billed mileage on the invoice from Travel Management.
Background:

The Board of Animal Health is the State of Minnesota's official animal disease control and eradication agency. The board's mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the health of Minnesota's domestic animals. The board performs regulatory activities to prevent the spread of infectious and contagious diseases. It also enforces health requirements for the importation of livestock and poultry and for the inspection and regulation of livestock and livestock-related facilities and activities. Dr. Thomas Hagerty, D.V.M. serves as the executive secretary.

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