DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
For the Two Years Ended: June 30, 2010
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Summary of Findings:
Total this audit: 4
Total last audit: 4
Repeated from last audit: 1
State of Illinois, Office of the Auditor General
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, AUDITOR GENERAL
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• The Department did not adequately update its property records in a timely manner or maintain proper documentation for property
• The Department did not have adequate controls over contract agreements.
FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
INADEQUATE CONTROLS OVER STATE PROPERTY
The Department of Military Affairs (Department) did not adequately update its property records in a timely manner or maintain proper documentation for property. We noted the following:
• Thirteen of 25 (52%) equipment additions tested, totaling $60,481, were not timely added to the Department’s Property Listing. These items were recorded between 1 and 311 days late.
• Eight of 25 (32%) equipment deletions tested, totaling $3,899, were not timely deleted from the Property Listing. These items were deleted between 19 and 507 days late.
• Two of 25 (10%) equipment deletions tested had improper deletion amounts and descriptions on the “Request for Deletion from Inventory” forms.
• Five of 50 (10%) property items tested, totaling $3,930, were included on the Property Listing, but could not be physically located. Three of 50 (6%) property items tested, totaling $4,233, were not located at the location specified on the Property Listing. (Finding 1, pages 9-10) This finding was first reported in 2004.
We recommended the Department comply with the Administrative Code, the State Records Act, the State Property Control Act and the Statewide Accounting Management System Manual by ensuring that all property under its jurisdiction is properly recorded and maintained.
Department officials agreed and stated they will continue to review procedures and processes to ensure that all property under its jurisdiction is properly recorded and maintained. (For the previous Department response, see Digest footnote #1)
INADEQUATE CONTROLS OVER CONTRACTS
The Department did not have adequate controls over contract agreements. We noted the following:
• Two of 6 (33%) interagency agreements tested, totaling $65,074, were not signed by the appropriate parties and agreed to in a timely manner. They were signed 29 and 30 days after the beginning of the contract term.
• Five of 19 (26%) armory rental contracts tested, totaling $8,172, were not signed prior to the beginning of services. They were signed 5 to 143 days after the beginning of the contract term.
• Two of 25 (8%) contractual agreements tested, totaling $34,809, were not reduced to writing and signed by all parties prior to the beginning of the contract terms. They were signed 29 and 54 days after the beginning of the contract term. (Finding 2, pages 11-12)
We recommended the Department implement internal controls to ensure that contracts are signed and contain all required paperwork prior to the beginning of services.
Department officials agreed and stated they will review current processes and internal controls to ensure that contracts are signed and contain all required paperwork prior to the beginning of services. The requirement for contract execution prior to use will be reiterated.
The remaining findings pertain to: 1) non-compliance with Military Code of Illinois, and 2) voucher processing weakness. We will follow up on these findings during our next examination of the Department.
We conducted a compliance examination of the Department as required by the Illinois State Auditing Act. We have not audited any financial statements of the Department for the purpose of expressing an opinion because the Department does not, nor is it required to, prepare financial statements.
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND
This examination was performed by the staff of the Office of the Auditor General.
#1 – PROPERTY CONTROL WEAKNESSES – Previous Department Response
The Department agreed with this finding. The Department will review our current processes for ways to improve them to ensure compliance with applicable rules.