Audit Questions Mo. Waste Reporting Site

Posted: Oct 3, 2013 10:37 AM by The Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - An audit questions the legal authority and confidentiality of the Missouri lieutenant governor's waste reporting website.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's budget was increased about $38,000 to develop the website. It is not yet online.

The auditor's office says the lieutenant governor lacks statutory authority to create it and investigate claims of misspent money. Further, nothing shields complaints and the people lodging them from disclosure through the open records law.

Kinder's office responded in the audit that past lieutenant governors have pursued initiatives absent specific authority. Plus, as the official senior advocate, Kinder is allowed to investigate allegations of waste harming seniors. It also noted Kinder serves on state boards and therefore has an interest in ensuring funds are spent prudently.

The audit released Thursday rated Kinder's office's overall performance "good."

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