Office of the Auditor’s Closing Statement to House Investigative Committee

Posted on Dec 22, 2021 in Summary

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We submitted a “closing statement” to the House Investigative Committee to Investigate Compliance with Audit Nos. 19-12 and 21-01 to correct the record regarding the legitimate and authorized scope of the committee’s investigation, as well as to address unsubstantiated allegations about omissions and anomalies raised during the committee’s public hearings.  The committee was created to conduct a fact-based inquiry into significant findings reported in our audits of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Special Land and Development Fund and the Agribusiness Development Corporation.  However, instead of focusing on the real problems and shortcomings within the agencies we audited, the committee spent much of its time seeking information about what the Office of the Auditor did not report in a continuing attempt to “audit the Auditor” that began when the House Speaker created a “State Auditor Working Group” in January 2021.

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