Another finding spotted a deficiency in the amount of funds the WDE should have expended to meet a federal matching requirement under a career and technical education grant during fiscal year 2013.
The audit said the WDE should have spent $26,335 to ensure the grant's state matching requirements were met.
Audit questions Wyoming Department of Education management under Cindy Hill
The report also found an employee was paid from the wrong budget during the 2013 fiscal year, resulting in $46,800 in federal funds that were potentially wrongfully spent.
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WDE Accounting Supervisor Trent Carroll said the department does not write language into its contracts requiring employees or independent contractors to announce their family relations with members of the department.
The Wyoming Supreme Court overturned the 2013 law as unconstitutional earlier this year. Hill plans to resume her duties as head of the department of Air Max Tavas Burgundy education once the case's remaining legal issues are resolved.
A state audit released Tuesday spotted inappropriate overtime payments, ineffective oversight and employees paid out of the wrong budgets at the Wyoming Department of Education in fiscal year 2013.
replaced Hill with an appointed director of the department, which employs 115 people. Hill was left with several ceremonial duties in the newly created Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which nowemploys eight full time employees and has a budget of about $2.3 million.
Meanwhile, a House committee investigating whether Hill committed any impeachable offenses remains active.
The audit said internal control at the department was compromised on multiple occasions during fiscal year 2013. The total Nike Air Max Thea Burgundy
The audit said the department did not have effective systems in place to monitor all requirements of several Title I and special education grants. It recommended the department implement a system where requirements are actively monitored to make sure federal funds remain in compliance.
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to review and strengthen internal controls, Chief Financial Officer Dianne Bailey said. If a questioned cost or budget move is overriden by management, the WDE's finance division will now contact the Wyoming Attorney General's Office for an opinion and the Department of Audit and Governor's Office will be alerted, the audit said. Matt Mead, told The Associated Press that the governor found the audit "troubling" and that he hoped Hill could explain "how these actions took place."
House Speaker Tom Lubnau, R Gillette, also speaking to the AP, said the audit confirms testimony from agency staff members of the abuses that occurred when Hill ran the agency in 2011 and 2012 and underscores why lawmakers removed her as head of the agency in 2013.
The independent auditors who conducted the audit are not permitted to determine whether laws were broken. That determination must be made by the attorney general's office.
The audit is required by the federal government to account for how states spend federal money.
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amount of questioned costs as a result is unknown, the report said.
For seven of the 12 months in the audit, which reviewed federal funds handled by Wyoming agencies, the department of education was under the leadership ofSuperintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.
"When was the last time you read a federal audit report that said an elected official was misspending money?" Lubnau said in a telephone interview. "I think it's an exclamation point on a problem that we already knew was there."
The state audit covered $949 million in federal funds granted to Wyoming either directly or by pass through agencies between July 2012 and June 2013. Department of Education and said the state may have to pay back an undetermined amount of federal funds.
The audit mentioned a contract granted to an immediate family member of a Wyoming Department of Education employee during a prior fiscal year not under the audit's purview. Nearly all of the $7,000 contract was paid for with federal funds, the audit reported.
But there is a state statute regarding nepotism, which outlaws public employees from taking part in the hiring of their family members.
Lubnau, who chairs the panel, said the audit would be reviewed by the investigative panel. "After the committee members have an opportunity to read and digest the report, then we'll figure out what the next steps are," he said.
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