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Statement from Auditor Gallion on North Dakota Ranking Top State in Financial Transparency

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State Auditor Gallion today released the following statement after Truth in Accounting, a watchdog group, named North Dakota as one of the top states for providing the public with candid and transparent information about our government. North Dakota tied with Idaho and Nevada for the number one spot. See more...


State Auditor’s Office Reissues City of Williston Audit, Six Findings Remain

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The North Dakota State Auditor’s Office has reissued the City of Williston audit. See more...


Audit Shows Need for Increased Oversight, Better Practices at State Library

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota State Library that found the Library violated state law by inconsistently charging expenditures between different appropriation lines to avoid overspending in one line.  Once audit corrections were made, the Library had exceeded their operating expenses by over $16,000. See more...


Audit Finds Purchasing Issues at Soybean Council

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Soybean Council that found the agency did not properly bid three purchases in fiscal year 2019. See more...  


Audit Shows Poor Oversight Led to Procurement and Contract Issues at Department of Commerce

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which shows the Department had violated state law by circumventing procurement requirements related to the “Be Legendary” logo and overall brand refresh. See more...


Audit Finds Lapse in Blanket Bond Coverage at Public Service Commission

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the Public Service Commission that found from January 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, the agency did not have blanket bond coverage because controls were not in place to ensure renewal. See more...


School for the Blind - Public Instruction, Department of - 2019 Audit Report Released

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The North Dakota State Auditor's Office has released the School for the Deaf, Department of Public Instruction for the 2019 biennial performance audit, to determine financial transactions including expenditures were made in accordance with Law and appropriation requirements. Full Report 


Audit Calls for Better Documentation of Faculty and Remote Workers at University of North Dakota

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the University of North Dakota (UND) which shows that of the 31 faculty personnel files tested, all of them had required information that was either not performed or located elsewhere and four did not have annual evaluations performed. See more...


Audit Calls for Greater Oversight of Purchases at School of Deaf

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota School of Deaf that found they did not comply with state procurement rules by failing to obtain bids on three purchases and did not maintain documentation of purchases. See more...


School for the Deaf - Public Instruction, Department of - 2019 Audit Report Released

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The North Dakota State Auditor's Office has released the School for the Deaf, Department of Public Instruction for the 2019 biennial performance audit, to determine financial transactions including expenditures were made in accordance with Law and appropriation requirements. Full Report 


Audit Shows Opportunity for Cost Savings to North Dakota Taxpayers

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Insurance Department highlighting the fire insurance premium tax which is paid for by citizens through their premiums. The audit shows that over the last eight years, $13.4 million was put into the general fund rather than going back to the fire districts because of a limit set by the state legislature. See more...


Audit Shows Need for Greater Documentation of Tenure of Faculty at Bismarck State College

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of Bismarck State College which shows from July 2017 through June 2018, the college was not maintaining required documents for granting tenure. See more...


Audit Highlights Need for Immunization Tracking at Minot State University    

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of Minot State University which shows from July 2017 through June 2018, the university was unable to provide proof of an immunization tracking system, was not testing all high-risk international students for tuberculosis, and was circumventing the North Dakota University System procedure for students without proof of immunizations by allowing them to register for classes without immunization records. See more...


Audit Highlights Need to Review Contract at Dickinson State University

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of Dickinson State University which shows during the fiscal year 2018, the university entered into a contract for the management of the bookstore that could adversely impact the university’s revenues. In the first year of this eight-year contract, Dickinson State received zero revenue. See more...


Audit Finds Unsupported Spending at North Dakota University System Office

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota University System Office which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the information technology division of the NDUS, known as Core Technology Services (CTS), did not properly procure 5 of the 14 tested transactions totaling $3.2 million. See more...


Audit Highlights Need for Consistent Evaluations at Dakota College at Bottineau

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the Dakota College at Bottineau which shows from July 2017 through June 2018, the college was not consistent in performing annual and student evaluations for faculty. See more...


Audit Highlights Need for Improved Asset Tracking

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Information Technology Division which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the agency was responsible for tracking 6,500 assets totaling more than $25 million dollars and failed to find 217 of those assets. See more...


Statement from Auditor Gallion on Attorney General Opinion

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State Auditor Gallion today released the following statement after reviewing the Attorney General’s opinion on the effects of SB2004. See more...


Audit Finds Opportunities to Reduce Crime Lab Turnaround Time

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota State Crime Lab which shows the agency has experienced significant workload increases while full-time staff have decreased since a 2018 reduction-in-force. See more...


Audit Finds Opportunities to Improve School Bus Safety

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Highway Patrol which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the agency was not following internal policies for school bus inspections, was inaccurately tracking the inspections and was not working off a complete list of vehicles to be inspected. See more...


Auditor Gallion Statement on Signing of State Auditor’s Budget Bill

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State Auditor Gallion today released the following statement after the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 2004, the appropriations bill for the State Auditor’s Office. See more...


State Auditor’s Office Finds Inappropriate Activities at NDSCS; Calls for Greater Transparency and Improved Reporting

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A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) has engaged in inappropriate activities surrounding the proposed Career Workforce Academy, is not meeting TrainND Southeast program goals and is overstating program results. See more...


State Auditor Releases Audit of City of Washburn, Finds Inaccuracies with City’s Financial Practices

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the City of Washburn highlighting several areas of concern including a potential violation of state law which requires the city to set up a separate fund for each special assessment project. See more...


Audit Shows Need for Greater Accountability at Indian Affairs Commission

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the Indian Affairs Commission which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the agency misspent state funds on gift cards totaling nearly $8,000.  See more...


State Auditor Gallion Releases Single Audit Report for North Dakota

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The Single Audit of North Dakota for the fiscal years 2017 and 2018 resulted in 46 findings and recommendations related to many of the state’s key financial operations and the administration of federal programs. The Single Audit Report is required by both state and federal law as a condition of continued federal assistance. See more...


State Auditor Gallion Launches Petition Audit of Belcourt Public Schools

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State Auditor Joshua Gallion today announced that his office has begun a citizen-requested audit of the Belcourt Public Schools, located on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Rolette County. See more...


Audit Report Finds Consolidating North Dakota University System Online Courses Could Save Up To $650,000 a Year

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A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that from Fall 2014 to Spring 2018, it is estimated the North Dakota University System (NDUS) could have eliminated 560 online course sections. See more...


North Dakota State Auditor Releases Performance Audit of Special Funds

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A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that approximately $97 million in general fund resources were expended in the fiscal year 2018 when state agencies had special funds available to spend. See more...


State Auditor's Office Names Brian Johnson Deputy State Auditor

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Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota State Auditor’s Office has named Brian Johnson as Deputy State Auditor.  Johnson will assist in driving our agency towards its vision of a diverse team committed to generating greater value for taxpayers. See more...


Audit Report Finds North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative Has Saved Students Over $1.1 million

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A performance audit completed by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows the North Dakota University System (NDUS) Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative has impacted nearly 15,000 students in 648 courses and saved students an estimated $1.1 to $2.4 million. See more...