FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2020
Audit Calls for Improved Oversight of Emergency Medical Services Grant at Health Department
Contact information: Brianna Ludwig, North Dakota State Auditor’s Office, 701-328-2453, firstname.lastname@example.org
State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the Department of Health that found the agency was not keeping supporting documentation used to calculate Emergency Medical Services grant funding and due to spreadsheet errors, improperly distributed $39,995 in funds. Because of this inaccuracy, 80 other licensed ambulance operations were not allocated the funds that should have been distributed to them. It also appears they overspent their Environmental and Rangeland Protection Fund appropriation by $2,995.
“The services that ambulances provide to citizens across the state are critical,” Auditor Gallion said. “It’s important that the Health Department properly distributes grant funding so each local ambulance service can better serve their citizens.”
This audit is a result of the State Auditor’s Office statutory responsibility to audit or review each state agency once every two years. The complete audit report can be found on our website, https://bit.ly/Health19Audit.