Tom Schweich Releases Audit of DNR's Soil and Water Conservation Program
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Tom Schweich today released the audit of the Department of Natural Resources' Soil and Water Conservation Program.
In the areas audited, the overall department rating was "Good."
Schweich said in a news release that the Soil and Water Conservation Program (SWCP) needs to improve its procedures for reviewing and monitoring operations of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The SWCP did not document its review of district board minutes. The districts did not adequately document project approvals in board minutes as required by SWCP policy, and several of the districts did not properly document the reasons and votes for going into closed sessions.
Additionally, the audit found the SWCP did not adequately monitor district administrative grant expenditures. The SWCP reviewed district quarterly reports but did not review supporting payroll records, and some districts did not timely submit quarterly reports. The SWCP failed to detect some impermissible expenditures, including meal expenses which exceeded SWCP policy limits, meal reimbursements when the conference provided meals, and a printer.
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