NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS NDSU broadens internal audit functions
North Dakota State University President Dean L. Bresciani is redefining the mission of the university’s internal audit office to place additional emphasis on a campus culture of ethical behavior... Posted on 8/9/10 at 1:57 AM
Police are investigating the shooting death of a 29-year-old Fergus Falls, Minn. woman at a mobile home park. Police were called to the mobile home park about 10:30 p.m. Friday and found the woman dead in a home.
Authorities have not released the woman’s name.
I have some serious concerns about the state’s “Center of Excellence” program.
The recent audit shows the program doesn’t have adequate accountability and that it is hard to measure the economic impact of the program.
Minnesotans may think their media report on Tim Pawlenty’s potential presidential run only because he is their home-state governor, but the Republican is getting plenty of attention nationwide. Online political writers have been watching Pawlenty closely. But so have traditional media reporters. Several national reporters attended his recent Iowa debut, along with about 10 Minnesota journalists and a few from Iowa.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s promise to cut questionable expenses will help rebuild policyholders’ trust in the company, the state insurance commissioner said Thursday. Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm told the company to make changes, and Hamm said a response from the company earlier this month outlining spending reforms satisfied his order.
Don’t write off North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence program just yet.
Last week, an audit asked whether the program — which is administered by the Department of Commerce — was being adequately assessed. At the time of the audit, it wasn’t, the report declared. This unsettling finding brought North Dakotans up short and is getting Commerce’s full attention. But the audit looked only at how well the centers were being assessed. It didn’t examine whether the centers are being successful.
Through research, development and the commercialization of new products, Centers of Excellence are helping to create high-paying careers for North Dakota citizens and new opportunities for our entrepreneurs.
A behind-the-scenes political adviser who helped put Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty before national audiences filled the governor’s chief of staff vacancy on Thursday. Bob Schroeder becomes the fifth person to hold the title under Pawlenty. Previous chief of staff Matt Kramer left this month to take a job at the University of Minnesota.
The Fed never has been audited, so secrecy abounds. It even enters into agreements with foreign governments and foreign central banks, agreements over which Congress has no oversight.
The tail clearly is wagging the dog here.
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