|Financial Audit Division Report 08-19||Released August 28, 2008|
The department’s internal controls were not adequate to safeguard receipts and sensitive assets, monitor grantee financial activity, ensure compliance with statewide cell phone policies, or for monitoring of certain payroll transactions. The department’s internal controls were adequate to ensure that it accurately paid vendors, properly oversaw and authorized financial transactions, and produced reliable financial data. For the items tested, the department generally complied with finance-related legal requirements over its financial activities, except for certain licensing receipts and payroll transactions. The report contains 19 findings related to internal control and legal compliance deficiencies. We highlight the key findings below.
||July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2007|
The mission of the Department of Health is to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. The department finances its operations primarily through General Fund appropriations and federal grants. In addition, the department collects approximately $35 million of receipts from regulatory and occupational licensure each year. The department provided grants and aid of approximately $274 million each year to individuals, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.