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Financial-Related Audit

Minnesota Veterans Homes Board

July 1, 1997, through June 30, 2002


Overall Conclusions

The Minnesota Veterans Homes Board adequately safeguarded and accurately reported its expenditures, including payroll, professional and technical services, rent, supplies and equipment, and board member per diem payments. For the items tested, the board complied with material finance-related legal provisions and management authorizations.

Background

The Minnesota Veterans Homes Board was established in 1988 by the Legislature and charged with providing high quality health care for Minnesota's veteran population. The board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor. The board assures that the homes are operated according to stated goals and standardized practices, policies, and procedures, that residents' rights are recognized and respected, and that a high quality of life is maintained for the veterans who are residents of the homes. The board office is managed by an executive director who is responsible for ensuring that the board's vision for the care of its residents, mission, and goals are properly managed.

There are five veterans homes operating in Minnesota, located in Minneapolis, Hastings, Silver Bay, Luverne, and Fergus Falls. It is the mission of the Veterans Homes Board to oversee and guarantee high-quality health care for veterans and dependents in its care.

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 Minnesota Veterans Homes Board included: payroll, board member per diem payments, and selected operational expenditures.

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