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Report Summary
Department of Public Safety


Financial Audit Division Report 07-29 Released  November 1, 2007


The Department of Public Safety did not have adequate internal controls over payroll or equipment and did not fully comply with the related state policies and procedures.

Except for weaknesses in its payroll process, the department had adequate internal controls for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and its crime victim services grants and generally complied with legal requirements tested in these areas.

The audit report contains eight audit findings relating to internal control and legal compliance.

Key Findings:

  • The department did not implement controls to ensure it accurately paid employees.
  • The department did not always eliminate or mitigate incompatible access to the state’s computer system.
  • The department did not adequately safeguard its fixed assets.
  • The department did not adequately control access to its not public data.
  • The department did not properly allocate payroll costs between state and federal programs.
   Audit Scope:

Period Audited:
  • Computer security access controls as of January 2007.
  • July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, for professional/technical service expenditures.
  • July 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006, for all other activity.
Activities Audited:
  • Payroll expenditures
  • Equipment and selected administrative expenditures
  • Professional/technical services
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s financial activities
  • Crime victims services grants

Agency Background:

The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to protect Minnesota by promoting
safer communities through prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, education, and enforcement.  The department’s ten divisions provided direct services to the public and served as a link from the federal government to local public safety agencies.

More Information

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