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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Report Summary
Department of Health


Financial Audit Division Report 05-16 Released March 3, 2005

Audit Findings:

  • The department charged salaries to the WIC and CDC programs without documenting that the employees were actually working on those programs. The department also moved payroll costs between programs after the fact, without sufficient support.
  • The department did not account for and track fixed assets purchased with federal dollars.
  • The department did not verify that goods and services were received prior to paying invoices.
The audit report contained four audit findings relating to internal control and legal compliance. Three of the findings were repeated from prior reports.

Audit Scope:

Programs material to the State of Minnesota’s federal program compliance for fiscal year 2004.

Selected Audit Areas:
  • Special Nutrition Program: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) (CFDA #10.557).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Investigations and Technical Assistance (CFDA #93.283).


The WIC program provides supplemental food to low-income women and children. WIC expenditures totaled approximately $66 million for the year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Technical Assistance Program provides project grants for local disease prevention and control. Grants to the Department of Health include those provided under the Public Health Preparedness and Response to Bioterrorism Program. Federal Fund expenditures for this program totaled approximately $26 million for the year.

More Information

Office of the Legislative Auditor, Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155 : or 651‑296‑4708