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Office of the Legislative Auditor

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) accepts all allegations concerning the possible misuse of state money and other public resources (such as computers, telephones, equipment, and work time). We also receive allegations regarding noncompliance with state law. We make a preliminary assessment of every allegation we receive to determine if further review by OLA is warranted.

How do I Report Allegations of Wrongdoing?

There are several options for reporting allegations of wrongdoing to OLA. Our preferred approach is for you to use OLA’s online allegation form. With this option, you can electronically and securely submit your allegation form to OLA. If you would rather send an allegation form to OLA using U.S. Mail, please use the printable allegation form and send it to the following address:

Office of the Legislative Auditor
140 Centennial Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Attention: Joel Alter

You can also call our office (651-296-4708) to report allegations of wrongdoing. A final option is to send an e-mail to joel.alter@state.mn.us that describes your allegation or complaint, but we cannot ensure the security of your information when you e-mail us from a personal account.

Please feel free to send supporting documentation for your allegations to our office by U.S. Mail or e-mail.

Do I Need to Provide My Name or Contact Information?

You may submit an allegation to OLA anonymously, but that might diminish our ability to pursue your concern. We will not share your identity with anyone outside our office without your prior consent. OLA has authority in state law to protect your identity from disclosure if this assurance is necessary to obtain your information. By providing us with your name and contact information, OLA will have the opportunity to seek any necessary clarification from you regarding your allegation, and this will also allow us to report back to you at a later time regarding your allegation.

What Does OLA do after it Receives an Allegation?

OLA conducts a preliminary assessment of every allegation it receives. For example, we look at the evidence that has been provided, and we consider the nature and potential impact of the alleged wrongdoing.

We may consider addressing the allegation during a current or future audit or evaluation, or we may initiate a “special review” to give prompt attention to the issue. Alternatively, we may decide there is no basis for further action, or we may refer the allegation to another office that can more appropriately review the allegation. OLA is more likely to conduct further review if there is evidence that an individual or organization may have violated a state law, rule, or policy that governs the use of public money or other resources.

We complete some preliminary assessments within two weeks of receiving the allegation, but our assessments can take longer if we need to obtain additional information from the complainants, state agencies, or others. If you have provided us with a way to contact you when you submitted your allegation, we will inform you of our decision.

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