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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Report Summary

Financial-Related Audit

Office of Ombudspersons for Families

July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2002

Key Findings:

  • The office did not review the payroll register report to ensure that the Department of Administration accurately entered payroll and personnel transactions.
  • The office overpaid one employee $448 as a result of a special pay miscalculation by the Department of Administration.
  • The office did not comply with certain provisions of its space rental agreement that was in effect from November 1, 1996, to October 31, 2001.

Agency Background:

The Legislature created the four ombudspersons for families' positions in 1991. The legislation requires the office to operate independently, but in collaboration with, the Indian Affairs Council, the Chicano-Latino Affairs Council, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans. The office's primary duty is to ensure that all laws governing the protection of children and their families are implemented in a culturally appropriate manner, and that decision-making processes are in compliance with the laws that protect children of color in the state.

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 Office of Ombudspersons for Families included federal receipts, payroll, rent, and other administrative expenditures.

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