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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Report Summary
Department of Commerce


Financial Audit Division Report 07-03 Released March 15, 2007

  • The Department of Commerce did not ensure that weatherization assistance funds were used in compliance with federal requirements.  The department provided $1,167,772 for improvements to dwellings that did not meet federal cost-effectiveness criteria.

  • The department did not identify federal program numbers for all of its federal accounts in the state’s accounting system.

  • The department inappropriately included over $13 million of federal low-income home energy assistance expenditures on its federal expenditure report that were already reported as expenditures by the Department of Human Services.

The report contained three findings related to internal control and legal compliance. One of the findings was first reported last year and is not yet resolved.
   Audit Scope:

Two major State of Minnesota federal programs for fiscal year 2006:

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (CFDA #93.568)

  • Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Persons Program (CFDA #81.042)


In fiscal year 2006, the Department of Commerce managed federal expenditures totaling $82.5 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and $9.6 million for the Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Persons Program.

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