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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Report Summary
Department of Human Services
Federal Program Compliance


Financial Audit Division Report 08-12 Released  March 28, 2008


The department generally complied with federal requirements for the administration of federal programs. However, the department had some weaknesses in its internal controls over the financial management and reporting of federal financial activity which resulted in several findings.

The audit report contains nine audit findings relating to internal control and legal compliance. We also reported ten noncompliance issues to eight counties.

Key Findings:

  • PRIOR FINDING NOT RESOLVED: The department had significant deficiencies in its process for certifying federal payroll costs. 
  • The department did not comply with federal cash management requirements in one federal program.
  • PRIOR FINDING NOT RESOLVED: The department submitted some inaccurate and late reports to the federal government.
  • The department did not adequately monitor a vendor in the federal Medical Assistance Program.
  • The department did not adequately oversee the county human service agencies that are responsible for eligibility determination for public assistance programs.
Key Findings - Selected County Human Services Offices:

  • The counties did not have documentation to support the citizenship requirements for all recipients of assistance in some cases.
   Audit Scope:

  • Financial activity material to the State of Minnesota's fiscal year 2007 financial statements, including state and federal payments for medical services, income support for needy people and families, and payments to counties for program administrative services.
  • Internal control and federal compliance over nine federally funded programs, such as Medical Assistance, State Children's Health Insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Food Stamps, Child Support Enforcement, and Child Care.
  • Testing of recipient eligibility for the Medical Assistance and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs at selected county human services offices.

Agency Background:

The Department of Human Services is Minnesota’s principal state agency responsible for administering public assistance and social service programs. County human services offices determine eligibility for most of these programs.

More Information

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