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April 10, 2003

The Legislative Audit Commission meeting was called to order by Senator Ann H. Rest, Chair, at 8:10 AM in Room 316, State Capitol. Senator Rest indicated the purpose of the meeting was to elect officers of the Legislative Audit Commission for the current biennium.

Members present:

Representative Lyndon Carlson Senator David Hann
Representative Sondra Erickson Senator Thomas Neuville
Representative Dan Larson Senator Ann H. Rest
Representative Jeff Johnson Senator Claire Robling
Representative Aaron Peterson Senator Jim Vickerman
Representative Connie Ruth Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon
Representative Paul Thissen
Representative Tim Wilkin

Members excused:

Senator Richard Cohen
Senator Sheila Kiscaden

Senator Rest recognized James Nobles, Legislative Auditor. Mr. Nobles welcomed members to the Commission and gave a brief overview of the different types of audits and evaluations conducted by the Office of the Legislative Auditor.

Senator Rest asked all members to introduce themselves.

Senator Solon nominated Representative Wilkin for the office of Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission. There being no other nominations, she moved that nominations be closed and that Representative Wilkin be elected as Chair. The motion carried unanimously. Representative Wilkin assumed the chair.

Representative Johnson nominated Senator Rest for the office of Vice-Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission. There being no other nominations, he moved that nominations be closed and that Senator Rest be elected as Vice-Chair. The motion carried unanimously.

Representative Wilkin named the following members to serve as member of the Topic Selection Subcommittee: Representative Wilkin as Chair, Representative Erickson, Representative Peterson, Senator Rest, Senator Kiscaden, and Senator Solon.

Representative Wilkin recognized Mr. Nobles. Mr. Nobles indicated the Program Evaluation Division was working on three studies. The first is charter schools. Project manager, Deborah Parker Junod, gave an overview of the study’s objectives. The second is Medicaid fraud and abuse. Project manager, John Patterson, reviewed the study’s objectives. The third is higher education tuition reciprocity. Project manager, Joel Alter, reviewed that study’s objectives. Mr. Nobles pointed out that a best practices on preserving housing would be released in the near future. He also introduced other staff of the Office of the Legislative Auditor in attendance.

In response to a question from Representative Carlson, Claudia Gudvangen, Deputy Legislative Auditor for the Financial Audit Division, explained that the MnSCU campuses were audited every three to four years. She indicated the frequency of such audits is determined in part by recommendations from the MnSCU Office of the Chancellor as well as a risk assessment the division conducts annually.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 AM.

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Representative Tim Wilkin, Chair

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Jean Barnhill, Recording Secretary

 

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