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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Report Summary

Audit Report

Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans

Three Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 1999

Key Findings and Recommendations:

  • The council did not properly administer certain grants. The council should work with grantors and the Departments of Administration and Finance to resolve remaining balances from old grants. The council should repay the AIDS grant account for unallowed costs. It should work with the Department of Health to obtain approval for past budget variances and to resolve indirect costs charged to the AIDS project. (Finding 1, page 5)
  • The council did not properly code grant receipts from the Department of Children, Families & Learning. The council should set up distinct operating accounts and grant accounts to facilitate accurate reporting of revenues and expenditures. (Finding 2, page 6)
  • The council made $3,135 of per diem payments to council members who were ineligible due to their employment with the State of Minnesota. The council should obtain repayment for the unallowed per diem payments. The council should have a procedure to obtain and monitor council member employment to ensure compliance with Minn. Stat. Section 15.0575. (Finding 3, page 9)

The Minnesota Legislature established the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans in 1985 pursuant to Minn. Stat. Section 3.9226. The council assists the Asian-Pacific community in the governmental and policy making process; helps them gain better access to state government services; and acts as a bridge between the community and mainstream society.

This audit report contains the conclusions of our audit of the council’s payroll, rent, grant administration, purchased services, and other administrative expenditures for the period from July 1, 1996, through June 30, 1999. The department's response is included in the report.

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