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Report Summary
Department of Human Rights


Financial Audit Division Report 05-22 Released March 24, 2005

Overall Conclusion:

  • The department’s controls over payroll were adequate. However, the department did not comply with certain purchasing and travel requirements.

Key Findings:

  • The department did not prepare and sign purchase orders before buying some supplies and equipment.
  • Some employees’ expense reimbursement requests did not include all required documentation, such as original receipts.
  • The department did not code some disbursement transactions correctly in the state’s accounting records.
The audit report contained three audit findings relating to internal control and legal compliance. The department did not resolve the finding included in our prior audit report, and we have repeated it in this report.

Audit Scope:

Audit Period:
Fiscal Years 2002 through 2004

Selected Audit Areas:
  • Payroll Expenditures
  • Rent Expenditures
  • Supplies and Equipment
  • Travel Expenditures
  • Federal and Private Grant Revenues

Agency Background:

The Department of Human Rights was established by the Legislature in 1967 to enforce and administer the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The department’s primary mission is to investigate and resolve charges of discrimination as set forth in Minnesota Statutes 363A. The department received a General Fund appropriation of $3.5 million for fiscal year 2004.

More Information

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