Governor Burgum’s office being audited over travel expenses


The Governor’s office is being audited to examine travel expenses and use of state resources.
The State Auditor sent a letter to the Governor’s office last week informing the Governor of the performance audit.

The audit will stretch back from March 1st of 2016 to February 28th of 2018.
Those dates go back to when Governor Dalrymple was in office.
Governor Burgum assumed office in December of 2016.

State Auditor Josh Gallion says he can’t reveal why the audit is being done, however a performance audit needs to be ordered by his office and is not necessarily routine. 

Gallion says it will take several months for the review to be completed and presented to the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee.
Gallion says that committee can make recommendations to the auditors office if they feel a government official or office needs to be reviewed.

Gallion would not comment due to confidentiality on how the decision to review Governor Burgum’s office was made.

The Governor’s office released this statement about the audit:

“We have been informed by the State Auditor that he has decided to conduct a discretionary performance audit of the Office of the Governor.
The Office of the Governor will work with the auditor’s office to fulfill their audit requests.
This is the second audit of the Office of the Governor by the auditor’s office. The first audit was a financial audit ending in a clean report with no deficiencies identified in internal controls and no recommendations from the auditor’s office for improvements for efficiency and effectiveness. 
The Office of the Governor has worked to identify efficiencies in state government and has been responding to and engaging directly with constituents across the state on a variety of issues while using state resources responsibly.”

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