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Arizona Auditor General

Arizona school districts’ and charter schools’, and ADE’s discretionary, COVID-19 federal relief spending—in fiscal year 2022 and in total through June 30, 2022

This special report provides summary information and 4 interactive dashboards with Arizona school districts’ and charter schools’ (districts and charters) reported spending in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and in total through June 30, 2022, and planned future spending of allocated/awarded (awarded) COVID-19 federal relief monies (relief monies), as required by Laws 2021, Ch. 408, §54. This special report also provides Arizona Department of Education (ADE)-reported spending in FY 2022 and in total through June 30, 2022, and planned future spending of the discretionary federal relief monies that it...
Michigan Office of the Auditor General

Performance Audit Report: COVID-19 Expenditures

Section 204, Public Act 67 of 2020 effective March 30, 2020, requires the Office of the Auditor General to audit the use of funds appropriated for coronavirus public health emergency – health care capacity, coronavirus public health emergency, and coronavirus response fund and report to the chair of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees at a minimum of every month on the appropriateness of the preceding month’s expenditures until the funds are expended. In order to provide a more complete picture of the total spending on COVD-19, our audit scope includes all COVID-19 coded...
North Carolina State Auditor

Student Attendance and Truancy Analysis 2020-2021 School Year

As North Carolina’s Compulsory Attendance (Truancy) Law was not waived during the pandemic of school year or 2020-2021, the audit objectives were to determine whether six public school districts complied with the Truancy Law during the 2020-2021 school year. The objectives were to assess how many students were chronically absent during the 2020-2021 school year (and how many of this group promoted to the next grade or graduated), and whether the school districts ensured that student attendance data for the 2020-2021 school year was complete and accurate. The auditor found that the Department...
New York State Comptroller

New York City Economic and Demographic Indicators in Relation to New York State

New York City is the largest municipality by population in both New York State and the United States. The City is also the main economic engine of the State, a powerhouse that sits at the center of one of the largest metropolitan economies in the world. While the COVID-19 pandemic initially reversed the City’s progress of the years prior to the pandemic, its economy has since rebounded. This reference document includes major demographic, economic and fiscal indicators that highlight New York City’s contribution to the State. Indicators are provided, where available, going back to 2017 and...
Arizona Auditor General

Performance Audit and Sunset Review: Arizona Commerce Authority

This report reviewed the performance of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), which administers the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund (Fund). The Fund was established to receive donations and provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in Arizona. Through the review of more than $7.8 million of the total $10.2 million distributed from the Fund, the audit identified that most of these monies were used for PPE for frontline medical personnel. Additionally, the review of 15 grant awards totaling $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations found that the ACA...
New Jersey Office of the State Auditor

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Unemployment (July 1, 2019 to January 31, 2023)

We found the division’s internal controls over the review and processing of unemployment insurance (UI) claims were adequate, and the division was in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. However, in making these determinations, we identified weaknesses in the division’s monitoring of the call center contract, marketing of the Shared Work Program (SWP), request for proposal of collection and disbursement services, and closing of nonmonetary adjudication cases. In addition, our analysis of the significant number of UI claims beginning March 2020 and its impact on the division’s...
North Carolina Office of the State Auditor

Department of Commerce (Division of Employment Security): Improper Unemployment Benefit Payments

The objective of this audit was to determine whether the Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security (DES) limited improper payments to less than 10 percent of paid claims as required by the U.S. Department of Labor, and if not to identify the impact and causes of improper payments. DES reported that the improper unemployment insurance payment rate averaged 18 percent during the period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2021. The Auditor noted that DES management should implement U.S. Department of Labor recommendations, best practices, and strategies to limit DES’s improper...
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor

Mississippi’s Historic Unemployment Fraud

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) administers Mississippi’s unemployment benefits programs. With the influx of jobless claims and COVID relief aid as a result of the pandemic, total unemployment benefit claims increased from $59.6 million in FY 2019 to $2.1 billion in FY 2020. With this infusion of money came massive fraud and misspending. For example, from FY 2020 to FY 2021, known overpayments increased from $118 million to $474 million. The massive loss of money from Mississippi’s unemployment fund is partially the result of MDES bypassing or altering their own...
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In fiscal year 2021-22, The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) administered 30 economic development programs through which it allocated $58.0 million in tax credits, awarded $91.3 million in grants and $4.8 million in loans, and authorized local governments to issue $53.4 million in bonds. A portion of these funds were provided through the CARES Act and were used to support the state’s response to the pandemic. Through their biennial financial audit and program evaluation of WEDC, the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Burau found that, among other things, five grants totaling $50,000...
District of Columbia Office of the Auditor

Controls Lacking in CARES Act/Coronavirus Relief Fund Spending

EFPR Group, CPA's PLLC, has been engaged by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor to assess whether the $495 million received by the District of Columbia from the Coronavirus Relief Fund which was established under the CARES Act were spent in compliance with Federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations. As part of the scope of this engagement, the receipt of the $495 million was observed and analyzed to verify that the District of Columbia received the maximum available from Federal legislation.