State audit of North Dakota School for the Deaf reveals shortcomings in procurement procedures
A state audit, released on Tuesday, Sept. 24, of the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake revealed an 18 percent error rate in properly carrying out its procurement procedures.
Three of 17 transactions conducted over the past biennium, which ended June 30, did not obtain bids or a request for proposal as required and did not maintain proper documentation, according to a staff review of practices from the office of the state auditor, Josh Gallion.
The failures were cited as a result of managers who were unaware of the procurement rules, according to the audit report.
In response to the audit, the North Dakota School for the Deaf acknowledged the shortcomings. In addition, all affected staff were required to take a refresher course in the proper procurement procedures. Finally, each affected individual reviewed the specifics of the faulty transaction and implemented corrective action for the future.