Legislative Audit Committee to meet to review audit reports for the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Election Systems Security and Charity Care in Montana Nonprofit Hospitals - news.mt.gov

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Legislative Audit Committee to meet to review audit reports for the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Election Systems Security and Charity Care in Montana Nonprofit Hospitals

Thursday, September 24, 2020/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags:

The Legislative Audit Committee (LAC) will meet Tuesday, October 6, 2020, in room 317 of the State Capitol Building and remotely. The Legislative Audit Committee ensures accountability for the disposition and use of public funds, and the efficient and effective management of state government programs. The committee meets regularly to review Independent Audit Reports, interact with audited agencies, and advise and consult with the Legislative Auditor and the staff of the Legislative Audit Division (LAD).

Financial-compliance reports scheduled for review in October include: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana State Fund, Department of Livestock, and Montana Arts Council.

Scheduled for review is a contract audit of the State of Montana Employee Group Benefits Claim Audit, along with the LAD fiscal year 2020 Accountability, Compliance, and Transparency – Reporting and Resolving Allegations of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Montana State Government.”

There will also be focus on two performance audits: “Public Defender Workforce Management” and “Community Benefit and Charity Care Obligations at Montana Nonprofit Hospitals.” Additionally, there will be an information systems audit scheduled for a hearing which addresses “Security and Maintenance of Montana Election Systems.”

The LAC will also be hearing presentations on two performance follow-up audits “Administration of State Agency Procurement and Contract Management” and “Water Pollutant Discharge Permitting and Inspection Process.”

Senate Members of the LAC are Dee Brown (Chair), R-Hungry Horse; Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton; John Esp, R-Big Timber; Pat Flowers, D-Belgrade; Mary McNally, D-Billings; and Tom Jacobson, D-Great Falls. House members are Kim Abbott, D-Helena; Dan Bartel, R-Lewistown; Matt Regier, R-Columbia Falls; Tom Burnett, R-Bozeman; Emma Kerr-Carpenter, D-Billings; and Denise Hayman (Vice Chair), D-Bozeman.

The LAC meeting is set to convene at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. An agenda and other committee information can be found on the LAC's website.

This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be streamed live on www.leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) if you wish to view only. An archived recording of the meeting will also be made immediately available on leg.mt.gov.

Members of the public who wish to participate may join the meeting. If you want to participate, please email Hunter.McClure@mt.gov/amaciver@mt.gov with your name and a request and you will be sent a calendar invite with instructions for joining and participating in the call by 5 p.m. the day before the call. Due to COVID‐19 public health concerns, the public is discouraged from physically attending meetings in person due to limited social distancing space in the hearing room. Contact committee staff in advance of the meeting to request accommodations if you plan to attend in person.

A time will be provided for oral public comment on the agenda, at that time, members of the public who have joined may "raise their hand" and participate after being recognized by the presiding officer or Zoom manager. Comments will be taken in order. Written public comment may be sent via email in advance of the meeting to Hunter.McClure@mt.gov/amaciver@mt.gov and will be provided to committee members.

Any oral or written public comment provided to the committee is a public record that is recorded, archived, and available on the web.

The Montana Legislative Audit Division will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this public meeting. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Angus Maciver (amaciver@mt.gov or 406-444-3122) as soon as possible before the meeting date.

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