- The Minnesota Department of Education did not use a competitive
process when awarding the Project LEAD grant.
- Department of Education employees were inappropriately involved
in Metro ECSU management decisions, including hiring staff and renting
space. The department should work with Metro ECSU to resolve questioned
costs and reimburse the federal grant account $25,110 for inappropriate
salary charges and $16,539 for inappropriate rent charges.
- Metro ECSU did not ensure fair and equitable access to contracting
opportunities and did not adequately administer consulting services.
Metro ECSU should repay the department $7,000 in consultant service
costs that were inappropriately charged to the Project LEAD grant.
| The report contained a total of 3 findings relating to internal
control and legal compliance.
July 1, 2000, through October 3, 2003
- Leadership Education and Development Project (Project LEAD)
Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit (Metro
ECSU) is a nonprofit organization that received a majority of its funding
through state and federal grants from the Minnesota Department of Education.
The department awarded approximately
$2 million in federal funds to Metro ECSU for Project LEAD.