This audit was conducted to assist in the transition process and to ensure newly-elected officeholders are aware of areas for improvement.
The audit recommends an evaluation of the process used for boards and commissions appointments and review. There are currently 1,130 positions waiting to be filled by the governor either due to a vacancy or expired term.
The report also included multiple repeat issues from prior year audits, including the cost of governor’s office and security detail operations. The audit takes issue with the methods used to distribute these expenses. It claims former Governor Jay Nixon used $2.2 million more than actually allotted.
The auditor is also concerned about the use of state resources for political and personal purposes and employee travel expenses.