Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Auditor issues critical closeout report on former Governor Eric Greitens' office

(From State Auditor Nicole Galloway)

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of former Governor Eric Greitens' office covering the period from Jan. 9, 2017 to June 1, 2018. The Auditor's Office conducts an audit of a statewide office's operations when an officeholder leaves. The report gave a rating of "fair."

The audit identified several repeat concerns that were also found with previous administrations. This includes concerns related to the cost of security operations and Governor's Office and Governor's Mansion expenses. The audit identified $1.5 million in expenses shifted to other state agencies during the 17-month term.

For example, the salaries of office and mansion employees paid by other state agencies during the term totaled $570,000.

Changes were made in fiscal year 2018 and 2019 to increase Governor's Office appropriations and allow those expenses to be paid from the Governor's Office budget. However, the practice of distributing those expenses among multiple agencies continued.

The audit includes previous recommendations related to boards and commissions. The audit found the need for better processes to ensure vacancies are filled timely or boards that are no longer relevant are eliminated. In April 2017, then Gov. Greitens created the Boards and Commissions Task Force, which recommended eliminating 44 boards. Eight boards were eliminated, but no other action was taken to address the recommendations of the task force.

A complete copy of the report is online here.

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