Auditor Rob Sand releases Audit report on State of Iowa

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand speaks in Des Moines,...
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa's privatized Medicaid system has illegally denied services or care to program recipients, and both private insurance companies managing the system have violated terms of their contracts with the state, according to a state audit released Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.(Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:06 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Auditor of State Rob Sand released the State of Iowa’s Single Audit Report for the year today.

The report covers expenditures of federal funds by all state agencies, institutions, and universities for the fiscal year, which ended June 30th, 2020. It also includes a review of internal controls and compliance with federal laws and regulations.

The State of Iowa spent approximately $12.3 billion of federal funds in fiscal year 2020, an increase of approximately $3.0 billion, or 32.7% over the previous year. Funding directly related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) accounted for approximately $2.3 billion of the increase.

Sand reported nine internal control deficiencies and three instances of noncompliance at various state agencies.

The three non-compliance findings addressing questioned costs of $113,813 paid to incarcerated individuals, $124,698 in payments to deceased individuals for Unemployment Insurance, and$448,449 in unsupported salaries paid from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Sand has provided the State agencies with recommendations to address each of the findings.

The Governor’s office released a statement in response to the report:

“The United States Department of the Treasury confirmed that the use of Coronavirus Relief Funds to reimburse the salaries and benefits of a governor’s staff is an allowable expense.  During this time, the Governor’s staff spent a vast majority of their time responding to the pandemic. In fact, many members of Gov. Reynolds’ staff worked seven days a week out of the State Emergency Operation Center to provide direct support to Iowans. This has always been our justification for the expense. We are now working with Treasury to provide them documentation, per their request.”

A copy of the report is available for review on the Auditor of State’s website.

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